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Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
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Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009
Ne 'Qua Art Cardinals Ornament -- boxed with Certificate - 2009


This is one of those items that we occasionally add to our Yesterday Revisited site because, although it is neither antique nor even vintage, it deserves to be here, due to its nature, or as in this case, its antique manner of creation.

Some years back I first encountered this ancient form of glass art, known as Reverse Hand-Painting, in the form of a decorative egg. (See our Art Glass Category for examples of these eggs.) At the time, I became fascinated by the way the painting is all done freehand on the inside of a mouth blown glass piece, using tiny brushes and obviously a very steady hand. In order to get the correct effect, the design is literally painted in reverse order; the detailing first, followed by the back shadowing and main colors for the individual parts, and finally the application of the background colors. The result is fantastic.

The Ne 'Qua Art company began producing beautiful ornaments utilizing this technique, and they are lovely examples of this ancient art form. How wonderful that the old processes get revived and can continue for future generations. Of course Christmas ornaments are an ideal way to insure that these pieces will be enjoyed year after year and likely passed on from family to family.

This bell-shaped ornament is called Cardinals aptly named for the pair of birds depicted perched on a snow-capped fence. The colors are soft, yet vibrantly rich, and the amount of detailing in the birds, poinsettias and greenery is amazing, with even a dusting of snowflakes in the air. This piece measures three inches excluding the cord. We believe this particular ornament was issued in 2009.

All Ne 'Qua Art pieces bear their etched logo, and it is clearly found on the reverse side of this bell. The metal cap is likewise embossed with the Ne 'Qua Art logo. The ornament hangs from a silken tasseled cord. It comes nestled in its original satin-lined velvet box, along with its Certificate of Authenticity. This item is new, purchased by me, and never used.

Note: The brass display stand seen in some pictures is NOT included and was only used to suspend the ornament for photographing.

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