German glas vase, 1650-1800.
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German narrative folk vase. The 17th century in Europe saw unparalleled changes in the decoration of glas The strength of European glas-making moved northward from Venice to Germany and Bohemia. In England George Ravenscroft developed lead crystal which made a major contribution to chandaliers which brought a new sense of light to dark interiors.The low countries produced both wheel- and diamond-engraving of superb quality.