Vase, 'Mistletoe', Art Nouveau style, glass / gold, made by Legras and Cie, St Denis, France, c.1905
A large baluster-shape blown-glass vase made from two layers of transparent green glass with aventurine spangles trapped between. The whole vase is made of two components blown separately and fused together in the middle of the vessel. Each component is painted with gold-based enamel with a high-relief curvilinear pattern featuring intertwined mistletoe sprays arranged symmetrically along the vertical axis. A wide gold band with scalloping edges encircles the waisted middle part of the body and another gold band with pendants decorates the top of the elongated neck. Semi-globular cabochons of white opalescent glass simulating mistletoe berries are applied in places to accentuate the overall pattern .