Antique Cherub Bud Vase Sterling Silver Deposit Over Porcelain
Rare Antique Sterling Silver Deposit Over Porcelain Bud Vase with a Figural Cherub Playing the French Horn
Base Marked Sterling Silver Deposit 7911
In Antique as found Condition - crazing inside top of the vase - residual silver polish in places
Measures - 2 1/8" x 4 3/4"
Estate Sale Acquisition
Internet Research Info. -
In 1889 Oscar Pierre Erard of Birmingham, England developed an effective method of electroplating silver on glass and porcelain. Although beautiful on the outside, it shared an important shortcoming with its predecessors. The reverse side of the silver design, the side next to the glass would tarnish and turn dark. In clear plates, bowls, dishes, and glasses this unsightly result was hardly conducive to a hearty appetite.
In 1893, an American from New Jersey by the name of John H. Scharling patented a method no less simple or beautiful than Erard's creation, but with a distinct advantage. The reverse side of the design was snow white and it stayed that way indefinitely. Like Erard's method, Sharling's designs utilized electroplating.
He shared his new process withall, both domestic and European. By 1895, the Czechs, Italians, French, English and Austrians were producing exciting glassware with sterling deposit and overlay. Not to be outdone, US makers began producing copiously.
From 1895 to the late 1920s, this elegant and exciting manifestation of the glassmaker and silversmith’s art garnered its own avid following, just short of becoming a decorative rage. Silver overlay and silver deposit were regarded as an exquisite, special gift or accent for that certain table or shelf. A few nice pieces of overlay were as evident in the genteel home as a piano in those days of refined, yet simple pleasures.
The Great Depression caused many of the glass companies to either go out of business or resort to specializing in cheaper, more affordable glassware.
The era of expensive sterling silver applied to glass was all but over and not may pieces can be found that were manufactured after the mid-1930s.
Today, most examples have disappeared into private collections and museums, but occasionally you can find that special piece for either yourself or an especially deserving and discriminating recipient.