George Woodall, Amblecote, circa 1896
signed, the flattened ovoid form with short waisted neck and two leaf-capped scroll handles, in opaque-white over frosted purplish brown glass, acid-dipped and cameo-carved with a kneeling scantily clad female figure dropping petals into a pool above three small fish, flanked by irises and foliage, the knopped stem and wide conical foot with bands of overapping stiff leaves within a band of rosettes
Wahliss Galleries, 88 Oxford Street, London, December 1907
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, 1st May-31st October 1982, 'Cameo Glass. Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking', no.73
Pattern no.W3111. In the Thomas Webb & Sons' Price Book (see Perry, op.cit., p.142) the present lot is recorded as W3111 10¾in.x5½in two-handled opal on brown vase: Iris. Signed Geo Woodall and G.C. [Gem cameo] - Cost of Workmen: Woodall £23 Sale Price £60
When together with a handful of other titled pieces this vase was exhibited in 1907, one review in The Connoisseur stated that 'when one bears in mind that any morning the artist may come to his studio to find the work of months... shattered by some flaw in the glass, it is obvious that Woodall's work must always be rare, and that the glass sculptors worthy of mention in the same breath with him can be counted on one hand.'
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