Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Greyfreth Antique Amber Cross Bottles


April 24 Note: New Pieces peppered into the Amber Collection today.


See individual listings below for details.

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Crystal Crosses

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Framed within heavy, weathered solder, a stunning cross of leaded crystal, Austrian crystal and glass chandelier remnants provides a beautiful example of the juxtaposition of rustic and refined. Supporting the cross is a circa 1880 antique cork top amber bottle donned in a spectacular masterpiece of a crusty, iridescent and rusty patina. Naturally created for over a century, the patina is imbued with an absolute riot of amazing colors that change as the light dances across the surface of the weighty, antique glass. I have matched that patina on the solder so it looks like the cross and bottle were always a single piece. A very special collector piece that can stand alone or bejewel your existing collection.

Photographs do not do this piece justice. The crystals refract and throw an amazing amount of light with a confetti of color and are much more clear and brilliant than the pictures show. See additional photos.


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Item #: 11CWA-MB1002
Overall Height: 13.5"
$325

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Collector's item From our Private Collection featuring a rare mid 1800's shipwreck bottle.

Together, a frame of sculpted, weathered solder and faceted crystal chandelier remnants form a simple, yet elegant cross and provide a stunning example of the juxtaposition of rustic and refined. Serving as the pedestal for the cross is a mid to late 19th century cork top amber bottle that was excavated on a shipwreck dive. The bottle is veiled in an absolutely spectacular masterpiece of a crusty, iridescent and rusty patina which makes the bottle look almost metallic. Light looks to be radiating from within as if glowing. I have never seen such a beautiful bottle.

Naturally created for over a century, the patina is imbued with a riot of amazing colors that change as the light dances across the surface of the weighty, antique glass. I have matched that patina on the solder so it looks like the cross and bottle were always a single piece A very special piece that can stand along or bejewel your existing collection.

The bottle pontil doesn't allow for the bottle to stand completely straight on its own. It will stand, but it rocks on the pontil, however it is in no danger of tipping over because of the weighty rim. We did not want to alter the rare bottle, so we use candle tack (available everywhere) to keep it perfectly upright and it works great. At your request we can grind the glass on the bottom of the bottle for you for a permanent fix, if you so choose.

Photographs do not do this piece justice. The bottle's iridescence and 'frost' is so much more lovely in person. See additional photos below.


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Item #: 11CWA-MB1044
Overall Height: 14"
$275

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Elegant in its simplicity, a cross of beautifully cut chandelier crystals crowns a bottle of amber glass donned in an amazing patina. Crusty and colorful - a riot of iridescent hues dance in the available light. Held fast within the rustic confines of solder, imbued in the time-worn hues of rusted and weathered iron, the light-throwing crystal brings the element of refinement to the cross bottle’s beautiful marriage of rough and elegant.

Item #: 13CWA-MB1001
Overall Height: 9.75"
$125

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Quintessentially vintage, this warm amber cross bottle is quite special. Elegant in its simplicity, yet powerfully refined - gorgeous chandelier crystals are held within heavy solder of rusted iron hues to form a coptic style cross. Donned in its original label showing signs of its age, it is clear that this antique vessel once held oil of amber and the timeworn label is a beautiful contrast to the opulent and finely cut crystal. The color of the glass is fabulous - it's variegated - more saturated in some places than others and large and lovely bubbles are forever trapped between the hand blown glass, dating the bottle pre 1906 and most likely in the 1800's.

Item #: 11CWA-MB1001
Overall Height: 8.25"
$129


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Heavily sculpted solder, washed in the worn and rusted hues of weathered iron, frame the plethora of radiant crystals which form the petite French Alisee cross. It is beautifully apparent that the crystals have been cut to catch and refract as much light possible by the confetti of color which is thrown when light washes across the faceted crystal surfaces. The rustic yet refined cross crowns a weighty bottle of antique amber glass that has fabulous bubbles forever held within its walls. An earthy, ethereal patina veils the bottles interior -- a testament to the vessel's many years spent buried and hidden away underground.

Item #: 11CWA-MB1004
Overall Height: 9"
$110

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Elegant in its simplicity and framed within heavy solder of rusted iron hues, a cross of crystal chandelier rosettes with hearts of solder crowns a pristine bottle of deep amber glass. Adding texture and interest to the velvety smooth bottle is a single, heavy band of weathered solder that bears the timeworn elements of weathered iron. The same solder sits beautifully at the heart of each rosette of the cross - creating a beautiful juxtaposition of rustic and refined

Item #: 11CWA-MB1003
Overall Height: 8.75"
$95

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Crosses of Metal


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An intricate and beautifully patinaed antique Nun's rosary cross of ebony and brass crowns an antique bottle that was found in a burned out building. This cross bottle is a rhapsody of contrasting and complementing beauty. The once elegant and shiny cross now has a warmer and worn beauty. The ebony is degrading at the corners and the details within the crucifix have been worn smooth. It is more beautiful now than when new. The bottle is so interesting. The heat of the fire actually began melting the bottle, forever changing its shape and the center is now indented. The rust and patina that the donned the glass at the time of the fire is now melted into the glass, adding sublime visual interest. A very special piece of our Anber Cross Bottle Collection, and a perfect addition to any discerning collector's anthology.

Item #: 11CBRA-MB1001
Overall Height: 8.5" tall.
$85
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Intricately carved pewter has been aged to mirror the century old, unearthed apothecary bottle which serves as the pedestal for this rough yet refined cross bottle. Heavy solder in hues of weathered iron forever binds the cross to a bottle imbued with the most beautiful, saturated golden amber. A slight patina veils the bottle which is embossed to read, "THE PISO COMPANY" A perfect addition to any of our collections.

Item #: 13CPTA-MB1003
Overall Height: 8.25" tall.
$49
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A diminutive crucifix of antiqued pewter is held fast with organically sculpted solder, washed in the weathered hues of rusted iron, to an unearthed bottle of antique amber glass. The century old vessel is veiled in a light internal patina of earthly remnants from its decades hidden underground. Lovely alone, perfect peppered into any of our collections.

Item #: 11CPTA-SB1001a
Overall Height: 5" tall.
$25
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A diminutive crucifix of antiqued pewter is held fast within weathered solder, imbued with the hues of weathered iron, to a medicinal bottle of vintage amber glass. Bearing an earthy internal patina, the antique glass has an embossed frame on the front that once housed its label. Tiny in stature, but mighty in beauty. A great addition to your collection or a perfect gift for a loved one.

Item #: 11CPTA-SB1002
Overall Height: a petite 5.75"
$25
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A diminutive crucifix of antiqued pewter is held fast within weathered solder, imbued with the hues of weathered iron, to an antique bottle of warm, vintage amber glass. Bearing a slight patina, the antique glass also houses a few embedded seed bubbles Tiny in stature, but mighty in beauty. A great addition to your collection or a perfect gift for a loved one.

Item #: 11CPTA-SB1004
Overall Height: a petite 4.5"
$25

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A diminutive crucifix of antiqued pewter is held fast within weathered solder, imbued with the hues of weathered iron, to an antique bottle of warm, wavy amber glass. Bearing a slight patina, the antique glass also houses embedded seed bubbles and some slight striations - perhaps from the straw used in the original mold. A great addition to your collection or a perfect gift for a loved one.

Item #: 11CPTA-SB1003
Overall Height: a petite 4.5"
$25

--SOLD--

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