The Allure of French Opaline Glass

opaline glass box collection - Loren Hope, Newport RI

Beloved by 19th century aristocrats, and coveted by 21st century collectors, Loren Hope is proud to premier an exclusive curation of rare opaline glass boxes. Made in France between approximately 1810 and 1890, one could easily imagine courtiers of Emperor Napoleon II and III using these beauties to store away their precious jewels. These sublime hand-blown containers feature unique colors and a level of seamless glass quality, that cannot be found or manufactured today. More significant is the sheer fact that these boxes have never been used before. 

french opaline glass box collection - Loren Hope, Newport Rhode Island


These regal glass containers have survived over 120 years of change, including two world wars, packed away in European warehouses, which is why they are in remarkable condition. Behold, something truly special that has waited generations to rest upon the vanities of the stylish and routinely chic. Mystically opaque, opaline glass was produced in a variety of colors with the earliest examples being
turquoise blue (also referred to as "Petroleum blue"), yellow, and pink. Certain colors were also produced in limited quantities during certain decades, however we believe that this selection is from the later half of the 1800s. The history of opaline is rich like the gilt bronze hardware on each box. One will find not a single seam or maker's mark on any of the glass, leaving only the distinct appearance that defines French opaline.

Opaline glass box collection - Loren Hope - Newport RI

Exploring ways to curate the finest vanity, an altar of daily preparation, has become an ongoing journey for Loren Hope. Cultivating a space where all of your adored beauty accoutrements and jewelry can be honored, is the definition of self care. With so many colorful shapes, opaline is ideal for collecting and pairing together to create intriguing vignettes. These darling containers are heirlooms which will continue to grow in value, yet never fade in elegance. We hope you will delight in the regular satisfaction that these boxes will bring, just as much as we have enjoyed sourcing each one for our dear customers.

 

 



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