November 30, 06:31 PM GMT
18,000 - 25,000 GBP
A cameo glass tulip vase, Imperial Glass Works, St Petersburg, period of Nicholas II (1896-1917), 1900
of baluster form, the frosted body overlaid in shades of pinkish purple with tulips, grass and leaf patterns, etched with the imperial cypher on the underside, dated
height 30.5cm; 12 in.
A comparable vase, designed by Konstantin Krasovsky, is in the State Hermitage Museum (inventory no. ЭPC-22432). It was given to the Hermitage in 1931 from the 'Historic Rooms' in the Winter Palace.
The State Hermitage Museum vase was placed in the renowned Mauve Room of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, who was famously fond of pink and purple. Several artists and designers at the time incorporated these colours into their work to suit the Empress's taste and the colour palette of her beloved boudoir.