A lovely quality antique everted or turned over rim cut, air tear pedestal small fruit bowl or comport. The bowl is made of lead glass on a star cut, round foot or base. The shallow dished bowl of the body is round in section, and not dissimilar in shape to an inverted Breton hat. The turned over rim has been cut with large cross cut diamonds and small thumb cuts or lens cuts, the body has a plain band cut around the middle of the bowl on the exterior. The inverted baluster stem is hollow or air tear, and has six vertical slice cut facets. The plain foot has a star cut base.
This turnover rim bowl dates to the mid 19th century, around 1850, during the reign of Queen Victoria in the early Victorian period. This relatively unusual antique fruit bowl or salad bowl made in three parts, bowl stem and foot, of hand blown lead crystal glass with a greyish tinge, that has been hand cut. It rings beautifully when flicked with a finger.
A very attractive and nice quality fruit dish, in very good antique condition with two inevitable very minor chips to the cutting on the rim as shown in the images however, these are not very obvious. There is some scratching or marking in the base of the bowl from use. No cracks nor restoration. The body has the usual bubbles and other minor inclusions and tool marks within the metal and wear to the base commensurate with age and use.
Some collectors may refer to this item as a centre bowl or pedestal bowl, a tazza, pedestal dish or perhaps a center bowl or Compote to our American customers.
This antique lead crystal comport is a very decorative and extremely useful piece of Victorian glassware for the table or sideboard.
Overall Height 5 1/8 inches ( 13 cm)
Diameter 7 3/4 inches ( 19.8 cm)
Base width 4 3/8 inches ( 11 cm)
Weight 877 grammes unpacked
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