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Rare Copper Encrusted Ceramic Vase

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Rare Copper Encrusted Ceramic Vase
This rare metalwork of copper encrusted ceramic vase was probably made at the Clewell Studios in Canton, Ohio at the beginning of the 20th Century. The vessel is embossed with multiple early Christian symbols. Charles W. Clewell was famous for his hand crafting by casting and electroplating of various metals to ceramic objects (commonly vases) and giving them an antique patina like the turquoise-green on this vessel. Clewell generally worked alone and kept the methodologies of his early 1899 experiments on antique patinas a secret.[172C, 22D] We find most of Clewell's later 20th Century art was done on vases with simple, less decorated ceramics (more an Art Deco look). In that way, the antique colors are the only real ornamentation. In our Clewell vase the attraction is divided between the antique Christian relief medallions and the antique colors extracted from the copper by Clewell's secret methods. Because of all these Christian symbols and its size and shape, it may be a commemorative of the wine cup of Christ's blood at Christian religious services. It appears to be a rare artistic vessel of Charles Clewell, when one investigates the body of his work.[6A, 12b, 172C, 22D, 9F] There is no mark and no damage to the vase. More information, pictures and references available on our website. Size: ~ 3 3/4" H x 2 1/2"; Weight: ~ 176 grams

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