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Black vase - stumped

Post by NaomiM on May 26th 2016, 8:58 pm

Completely stumped. Not even sure if this is pottery. I thought at first that it was glass.
Light weight. Warm to the touch. Seems to be black glazed porcelain but it's completely opaque, even when a torch is shone against it. Highly reflective surface. Some tiny bumps on the surface. Lacquered, maybe?







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Post by dantheman on May 26th 2016, 11:18 pm

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Post by NaomiM on May 26th 2016, 11:48 pm

Asked a Japanese collector and they said it could be lacquer.
I've never come across glass that was completely opaque to strong light.

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Post by dantheman on May 27th 2016, 12:10 am

I have no experience in lacquer but those scratches on the base are just like scratches in glass

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Post by Mordeep on May 27th 2016, 6:02 am

The shape is classic Japanese. To me it looks like glass. It's easy to tell anyway, lacquer is has almost no weight and the scratches on the base indicate something highly resistant to damage. Something lacquer is not. Looks to me like a black molded bit of glass. Could be from anyplace but the Czech's are known for making coloured glass as are the Polish (LSA for example).
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