Italian Opaline Vase 1970's Hand Blown Cased Art Glass
This vase is Italian Opaline glass, often called Opaline Florence glass, from the Tuscany region of Italy, but it is missing its label. It is cased glass, with an inner layer of white, while the center layer has splattered and drawn swirls of red and green and the outer layer is an amber butterscotch that thickens at the bottom to form the base in a layer about 1/2 inch thick. It's hand blown with a smooth ground pontil and just glows with color.
This beautiful vase stands 9 1/4 inches tall, has a 5 inch base, a 3 1/2 inch mouth and weighs a hefty 2 pounds. It's in excellent condition, with only a tiny blister made by the glassblower on the upper rim. This Italian vase makes a lovely part of a grouping but stands on its own to add a sophisticated splash of color to your home.