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The importance of the French contribution to the art glass movement can be gauged by the fact that Rene Lalique – one of the finest craftsmen ever to work in the medium – is considered to have produced pieces that are not the best there were on offer. He was equalled, and often eclipsed, by stunning work from Emile Galle and Daum Freres, who between them elevated French art glass wares to the very highest level.
 
Initially having taken on the wider Victorian production of cameo glass, the French artists developed the process, adding their own enhancements and creative foibles. The basic premise of cameo glass saw etching techniques used to remove the outer layers of multi-ply glass pieces, revealing the underlying lamina and creating images in relief. Galle was considered the master of this art, but Daum’s craftsmen developed the use of acid etching which enabled them to add texture or varying opacity to their material, and create a new range of products as a result. They also pioneered the use of wheel-ground surfaces, which produced something approaching a hammered or beaten effect, more common on metalwork, which opened yet more opportunities for creativity.
 
The Great War, unsurprisingly, meant a lengthy hiatus in both production and development, but Daum in particular sprang out of the traps once peace had broken out, and took up their innovative ways once again. Pate de verre was one such modernism, which saw crushed, coloured glass reheated, and used as the initial melt from which new pieces were made which could then be subjected to existing finishing techniques – old skills that gave startling new results when using the reconstituted molten material. At the Christalerie de Nancy – which opened alongside the company’s existing Verrerie in the same town – the preference was to work with brilliantly clear lead crystal, blown in to vases and other vessels, or tooled whilst still molten to produce figurines and sculptural pieces.
 
Galle had long since set new standard in cameo glassware, introducing decorative bubbles – harking back to the Georgian penchant for air twist stems – and also developing the inclusion of metallic foils as layers in his stratified pieces. With Lalique also producing his signature vases, perfume bottles, glass plaques and later stemware – with his own innovative processes such as the “lost wax” casting process borrowed from his earlier jewellery making expertise – it is evident that France could boast an unsurpassed line up of art glass craftsmen, and its place at the very highest table is beyond refute.

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A Schneider Cameo Glass Vase c1925

A Schneider Cameo Glass Vase c1925

Signed both Charder in high relief on the bowl and verre francais on the foot

£675.00

A DeVez Camo Vase c1900

A DeVez Camo Vase c1900

DeVez is derived from the name of the aritstic director at Pantin, Camille Tutre de Varreux

£295.00

An Art Deco Schneider Glass Footed Bowl c1930

An Art Deco Schneider Glass Footed Bowl c1930

An Art Deco Schneider glass footed bowl from c1930. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

A Delatte Nancy Bowl c1920

A Delatte Nancy Bowl c1920

A Delatte Nancy vase from c1920. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£280.00

Andre DelatteOpalescent Glass Dessert Service c1920

Andre DelatteOpalescent Glass Dessert Service c1920

Andre Delatte paid such tribute to Daum and Lalique that he became embroiled in legal action for breach of copyright. This is homage to Lalique . For this purpose Delatte used the brand name Arrers. Pieces marked Arrers France

£275.00

Legras Glass Stem Vases c1895

Legras Glass Stem Vases c1895

A pair of antique stem vases for collectors

£76.00

Rare Early Schneider Berlingot Marked Solifleur Vase c1920

Rare Early Schneider Berlingot Marked Solifleur Vase c1920

The candy cane or "Berlingot" mark was only used by Schneider from 1918 to 1922. .Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Baccarat George Chevalier Crystal Tiger c1925

Baccarat George Chevalier Crystal Tiger c1925

A stunning Baccarat George Chevalier crystal tiger from c 1925. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Pair of French Enamelled Glass Vases on Ormolu Pedestal Bases c1890

Pair of French Enamelled Glass Vases on Ormolu Pedestal Bases c1890

A fabulous pair of French Enamelled Glass Vases on Ormolu Pedestal Bases - c1890, Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£165.00

Schneider Art Deco Tazza c1925
An Etling Art Deco Centrepiece c1930

An Etling Art Deco Centrepiece c1930

Probably better know for the Dimitri Chiparus bronzes Etling were one of the most significant manufacturers of decorative objects and art glass for the home between the wars. This is a fine examplar of a deco table centrepiece

£575.00

A Vessiere Nancy Three Colour Cameo Glass Vase c1910

A Vessiere Nancy Three Colour Cameo Glass Vase c1910

The Vessieres Freres, Charles and Justin were decorators and manufacturer of glass within Nancy. Blanks were evidently purchased from other producers and then carved and engraved within their own workshop. They also produced their own glass to decorate. T

£450.00

Cased Glass Oursins Vase c1940

Cased Glass Oursins Vase c1940

Lalique, Sabino, Marinot, Simonet and Pantin all produced vases based on sea urchins. Vases with such brilliant white interiors and decoration inspired by nature epotomise the art nouveau. Cased vases enamelled with elaborate expressions of Japonism were

£75.00

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

£550.00

Large Schneider Footed Glass Bowl c1925

Large Schneider Footed Glass Bowl c1925

Charles Schneider was certainly not afraid of experimenting with colour ! They were very versatile, producing Daum like cameo and acid cut back and enamelled designs. It will be the highly coloured designs for which they will be remembered

£625.00

French Opalescent Bowl by Vallon c1935

French Opalescent Bowl by Vallon c1935

We are unable to locate any other designs produced by Vallon. There are no trade catalogues. This opens up the possibility that G.Vallon was a trade name or possibly a retailer. This does have strong similarities with both Hunebelle and Etling simple bota

£110.00

French Opalescent Geometric Design Bowl c1930

French Opalescent Geometric Design Bowl c1930

There were a number of French factories producing opalescent glass during the inter war period. Simonet, Hunebelle, Martel, Dieupart, Ferjac being the lesser known amongst the majors such as Lalique, Sabino, Verlys and Etling. This was clearly produced fo

£130.00

19th Century Magnum Paperweight

19th Century Magnum Paperweight

Try as we might we have not managed to attribute this paperweight to a manufacturer. St Louis, Clichy, Baccarat all made the same style and they were also produced by several of the Bohemian manufactories.

£175.00

A Pierre D'Avesn Vase c1940

A Pierre D'Avesn Vase c1940

A stunning D'Avesn opaque white vase which can be found on our on-line store at Scottish Antiques

£250.00

Very Tall Andre Delatte Berluze Vase C1930

Very Tall Andre Delatte Berluze Vase C1930

An Andre Delatte berluze vase, his is described as being "verre marmoréen", marble like. See more at the Scottish antiques store

£195.00

Pair of Large Baccarat Enamelled Vases c1900

Pair of Large Baccarat Enamelled Vases c1900

Pair of the most beautiful Baccarat enamelled vases that you may ever see. Its free to look

£1,400.00

Verame Verrerie d'Art Metz Vase c1930

Verame Verrerie d'Art Metz Vase c1930

A vintage French glass vase for the glass collector and the decoratot

£295.00

A Clichy Marbled Glass Vase c1900

A Clichy Marbled Glass Vase c1900

Vintage glass vases and more from the Scottish online antique store

£190.00

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

A wonderful Schneider art glass coupe a pied noir

£420.00

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