WILLIAM FRITSCHE CUT "ROCK CRYSTAL" VASE, colorless lead glass, large urn from, ornate design featuring baskets with sprawling flowers, perched macaws on two faces over an elaborate design of fans and drapery, applied to a knop connector with oval cuts, large circular foot with a rayed base; signed "W. Fritsche" just to the left of one Macaw's tail. Thomas Webb & Sons. Circa 1900. 10" H, 6" D rim, 5" D foot.
Virtually undamaged with scattered minute nicks to the rim, possibly as made.
Provenance: From the collection of Patricia Willis of Burlington, VT.
Catalogue Note: William Fritsche (born in 1853 in Bohemia, later moving to England in 1868) is largely credited for introducing the "Rock Crystal" style of cut glass at Thomas Webb & Sons in 1878. He is generally considered to be the greatest designer and wheel cutter/engraver in England at this time.