Hand motifs are seen in abundance in Victorian jewelry and housewares. A hand holding a cornucopia was believed to symbolize abundance and good fortune, since the word cornucopia (cornu copiae) translated from Latin means "horn of plenty."
One look at this striking vase and it's easy to see why this particular motif was so popular.
This exquisite piece is hand blown in milky white glass with a fluted rim and pontil mark on the bottom. It is fashioned into the shape of a lady's hand holding a colorfully painted cornucopia. No detail is overlooked in this vase with even a ring placed on the finger and a frilly cuff adorning the wrist.
While many reproductions have been produced throughout the years, this piece is an original dating back to the 19th century.
Date: 19th Century
Materials: Milk glass, enamel paint
Measurements: 10" x 4 7/8"
There is quite a bit of gold paint loss throughout the piece, particularly around the rim and cuff as well as around the button detailing on the horn. There also is a number of paint imperfections that are original to the piece. However, the real tragedy is that this beautiful vase has a sizeable crack running from top to bottom through the center of the thumb. Fortunately, since the glass is so thick it is still watertight, and it is not overly noticeable as a display piece. We have priced this piece accordingly.
Cleaning and Care
Clean the inside with soap and water. To preserve the enamel paint on the outside, we recommend gently cleaning with a damp soft cloth.