Opaline French Art Glass Jelly Compote by Vallerysthal et Portieux
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|This beautiful glass piece is called a ‘jelly compote’ and was a very popular table item in Victorian times. We believe it came from the French company Vallerysthal et Portieux, as the intricate detailing is very typical of their work, but it is unmarked. The round “P.V. France” paper label was probably lost during washing, as so many paper labels have been. It was nicely molded in an opaque glass called opaline. The actual color is a softer, lighter blue than the photographs indicate; it’s the color the company called “iris.” According to the website http://www.opalinedefoire.com/ the popularity of opaline glass in France lasted from the late nineteenth century to the 1930’s.
We have searched all the old PV catalogs we could find without locating this piece, but we cannot find evidence that this exact mold was used by any other glass manufacturer, either. Quoting http://www.vallerysthal.com: “After many difficulties and a structural crisis, the last four of the crystal Vallerysthal-Portieux passed away in September 2012.” (translation from the French original)
This pedestal compote stands about 6 inches tall, with a 6 inch square top and 4 inch square base. It weighs over two pounds and has a very substantial look and feel. The top is a scalloped edge square, while the base is a square set at an angle to the top. There are lots of loops and feathers and ovals decorating the top and the base. It’s in superb condition but as is typical for this glass, has a tiny area of embedded ash on the inner top rim and on three of the outer corners near the top of the rim. Manufacturing irregularities are the norm for this glass. There are no chips, cracks or visible scratches and the compote has a soft glow about it that draws the eye wherever it’s placed (and is still a lovely way to serve jelly.)