Art Deco

The Art Deco movement was a groundswell of ultimately worldwide design innovation which spread from its epicentre in France across Europe and North America in the years following 1910. It was an artistic melange of styles across multiple media and disciplines, all with the common underlying impetus of modernity and innovation.


The essence of the style is now perceived as having embraced the use of bold geometric shapes – often centred around a recurring geometric pattern. While this in itself hinted at the art deco designers being conscious of their pieces being suitable for mass production, the movement encompassed all the decorative arts and architecture. Interior designers, furniture designers and even those fitting out ocean liners were all in thrall to what was to become an iconic movement.


Initially known as “style moderne” the Art Deco name was coined after the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industrial Moderne, although with regard specifically to glassware it was the wider European community which embraced the Art Deco ethos to more notable effect than home-grown craftsmen. Lalique, Daum, Marinot and Henri Navarre all exhibited undeniable influences from the Art Deco oeuvre, but their work was sufficiently wide ranging as to preclude being pigeonholed just under this one label.

 
Rather surprisingly given the usual narrative of insularity and isolationism, it was across the channel in Britain that Art Deco glassware became a more readily identifiable movement. Existing manufactories such as George Davidson’s Flint Glass Works began to produce the colourful whorls and convolutions of cloud glass – and later opalescent jade glass in its distinctive green shade. Sowerby’s Gateshead Glassworks, already renowned for the production of milk glass, started to use colour with more creative flair in their Carnival glass range, and the nearby Wear Flintworks moved away from their signature clear crystal work and drew heavily on Lalique’s designs for inspiration. Even the bluff, usually uncomplicated workmen of Bagley & Wild’s Knottingly Works in Yorkshire were sufficiently enthused to create figurines, lamps and vases incorporating geometric linear fan patterns in partly iridescent finishes which gave rise to some iconic Art Deco forms.
 
Further afield, the same story of production facilities taking on board Art Deco influences would be repeated. The Stolze company – extant since 1805, and with premises across central Europe – dedicated a facility at Heřmanova Huť in what is now the Czech Republic for the creation of pieces suiting the new style, almost entirely replacing its former pattern books of pressed glass specialities.
 
Walther & Sohne’s Dresden (Germany) factory followed a similar route, moving from pressed glass production to output with a style approximating Davidson’s cloud glass material, alongside more conventional table centrepieces, bowls and vases in whole-coloured opalescent finishes. The nearby Brockwitz factory turned out a form of carnival glass between the wars, with a predilection for clear, pink or amber wares that were a little more ornate than other contemporary pieces.
 
Other Czech and Yugoslavian concerns (Libochovice, Schweig & Muller, Nemšová, Abel) would also help to further spread the influence of Art Deco patterns and forms, and even the Cambridge (Ohio) Glass Company were to fall under the remit of the movement with their signature amber, uranium green and marbled blue figurines and candlesticks signalling the spread of ideas to the other side of the Atlantic and the true globalisation of the movement. 

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Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

Set of Six Large Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac 5109

£780.00

Art Deco Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Balloon Cocktail Glass c1925

Art Deco Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Balloon Cocktail Glass c1925

Art Deco Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Balloon Cocktail Glass c1925

£195.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Champagne Glasses - Designed 1926

£850.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

£750.00

Pair of Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Pair of Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

Pair of Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Bordeaux Glasses - Marcilhac 5110

£240.00

Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glasses and Carafe Designed 1926

Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glasses and Carafe Designed 1926

Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glasses and Carafe

£850.00

Set of Six Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Liqueur Glasses  Designed 1926- Marcilhac 5113
Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Sunflower c.1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Sunflower c.1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Sunflower c.1935

£140.00

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Chrysanthemums c.1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Chrysanthemums c.1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Amber Glass Box with Chrysanthemums c.1935

£180.00

Pair of  Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac nr5111

Pair of Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glasses Designed 1926 - Marcilhac nr5111

Two Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glasses Designed 1926

£135.00

Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glass Designed 1926 Marcilhac 5111

Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Madeira Glass Designed 1926 Marcilhac 5111

Rene Lalique Wingen Pattern Glass Designed 1926

£70.00

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Blue Glass Box with Butterflies c1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Blue Glass Box with Butterflies c1935

Art Deco Verlys Lidded Blue Glass Box with Butterflies c1935

£325.00

A Tall Daum Nancy Art Deco Glass  Vase c1930

A Tall Daum Nancy Art Deco Glass Vase c1930

Daum signatures themselves can provide good dating evidence. Early signatures are not all capitalised and will be on two lines. This signature is linear and all capitalised. This was not used until 1910. The final word in the signature "France"

£675.00

Art Deco By Eric Knowles

Art Deco By Eric Knowles

This lavishly illustrated paperback has enabled Eric to give his own personal narrative and guide to a subject about which he is passionate, all things Deco. Having Eric as our chairman we can personally vouch for his infectious enthusiasm and willingn

£14.99

Signed Clyne Farquarson Leaf Pattern Biscuit Barrel for John Walsh

Signed Clyne Farquarson Leaf Pattern Biscuit Barrel for John Walsh

Signed Clyne Farquarson Leaf Pattern Biscuit Barrel for John Walsh

£450.00

A Waltersperger Opalescent Glass Perfume Bottle

A Waltersperger Opalescent Glass Perfume Bottle

A Waltersperger Opalescent Glass Perfume Bottle

£70.00

WMF Art Deco Ikora Glass Bowl c1930

WMF Art Deco Ikora Glass Bowl c1930

WMF Art Deco Ikora Glass Bowl c1930

£140.00

A Signed Moser Amethyst Footed Bowl with Oroplastique Decorative Frieze c1920

A Signed Moser Amethyst Footed Bowl with Oroplastique Decorative Frieze c1920

A Signed Moser Amethyst Footed Bowl with Oroplastique Decorative Frieze c1920

£525.00

A French Glass Twin Handle Table Centrepiece c1925

A French Glass Twin Handle Table Centrepiece c1925

A French Glass Twin Handle Table Centrepiece c1925

£250.00

A WMF Silver Plate and Engraved Table Glass c1920

A WMF Silver Plate and Engraved Table Glass c1920

A WMF Silver Plate and Engraved Table Glass c1920

£120.00

Very Tall Legras Art Deco Vase c1925

Very Tall Legras Art Deco Vase c1925

Legras operated two glassworks in the Paris suburbs at both Pantin and St Denis. This post war vase emulates acid etched cameo. The outer layer is clear glass over mottled brown. The decorative band is cut into the clear casing and it has been stained in

£475.00

An Engraved Webb Pitcher and Glasses c1940

An Engraved Webb Pitcher and Glasses c1940

An Engraved Webb Pitcher and Glasses c1940 Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

A Val Saint Lambert Muscdet Liqueur Service c1960

A Val Saint Lambert Muscdet Liqueur Service c1960

A Val Saint Lambert Muscdet Liqueur Service c1960

£280.00

Clyne Farqharson Kendal Cut Lemonade Set for John Walsh 1937

Clyne Farqharson Kendal Cut Lemonade Set for John Walsh 1937

A Clyne Farqharson signed Walsh Walsh Kendal pattern lemonade set. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£550.00

An Andre Delatte Art Deco Coupe Ouverte c1925

An Andre Delatte Art Deco Coupe Ouverte c1925

The output of Delatte is very underrated. This is as good as any coupe produced by the nearby Daum factory of the same period. Delatte did "obtain his inspiration" from Daum, this was tye subject of litigation.

£275.00

Signed Clyne Farquarson Leaf Pattern Vase for John Walsh 1940

Signed Clyne Farquarson Leaf Pattern Vase for John Walsh 1940

The leaf pattern was designed in 1936 additional shapes continued to have the iconic design applied up to 1940, this vase was made at the end of the production run

£195.00

A Legras Cubism Inspired Vase c1930

A Legras Cubism Inspired Vase c1930

If Georges Braque had used glass a his medium then this would have been the result. Art deco glass

£390.00

A Fine Legras Cameo Vase c1925

A Fine Legras Cameo Vase c1925

A very fine legras cameo glas vase. This was a most complex vase to manufacture. The vase is decorated intercalaire

£765.00

A Loetz Witwe Powolny Glass Vase c1915

A Loetz Witwe Powolny Glass Vase c1915

The influence of Josef Hoffman, Koloman Moser and the Wiener Werkstatte is apparent within this design. This may possibly be a Michael Powolny design.

£575.00

Clyne Farquharson  Leaf Pattern Water Jug By Reg Everton

Clyne Farquharson Leaf Pattern Water Jug By Reg Everton

Reg Everton is one of the last remaining cutters working on the "Crystal Mile" in Stourbridge. Reg started his career in 1957 at Stuart Crystal where he served his apprenticeship. In 1977 Reg joined Bridge Crystal as cutting manager and pers

£60.00

Limited Edition Clyne Farquharson  Leaf PatternDecanter By Reg Everton

Limited Edition Clyne Farquharson Leaf PatternDecanter By Reg Everton

Reg Everton is one of the last remaining cutters working on the "Crystal Mile" in Stourbridge. Reg started his career in 1957 at Stuart Crystal where he served his apprenticeship. In 1977 Reg joined Bridge Crystal as cutting manager and perso

£125.00

John Walsh Walsh Pattern 5886 Art Deco Glass Bowl c1940

John Walsh Walsh Pattern 5886 Art Deco Glass Bowl c1940

A very fine John Walsh Walsh art deco glass bowl from c1940 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a range of Art Deco glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£285.00

A Steinschoneau Perfume Atomiser c1930.

A Steinschoneau Perfume Atomiser c1930.

A very fine art deco perfume atomiser

£145.00

A Barolac Opalescent Glass Charger c1935

A Barolac Opalescent Glass Charger c1935

A magnificent Barolac opalescent palm tree charger from c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

A Pair of Kralik Austria  Jungendstil Polychrome Spatter Vases c 1930

A Pair of Kralik Austria Jungendstil Polychrome Spatter Vases c 1930

A pair of Kralik Austria Jungendstil polychromes spatter vases from c1930. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

A Tall Muller Freres Vase c1925

A Tall Muller Freres Vase c1925

The body is matt, it has been finished with acid. The acid stencil mark looks polished but the etching is simply more intense. This vase is cased, the colour is sandwiched between the two transparent layers of glass, The outer surfacr then being acid etch

£340.00

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