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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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Legras Glass Stem Vases c1895

Legras Glass Stem Vases c1895

A pair of antique stem vases for collectors

£140.00

Rene Lalique Primeveres Box And Cover No77

Rene Lalique Primeveres Box And Cover No77

Vintage glassware from france and more lalique for sale at our antique store online

£975.00

Signed Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase c1910

Signed Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase c1910

French Legras glass for sale at the online antique store

£675.00

Rene Lalique Cased Opalescent Malesherbes Vase c1927

Rene Lalique Cased Opalescent Malesherbes Vase c1927

R lalique Malesherbes vase, investment grade glassware

£1,100.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Solifleur Vase c1900

Cameo glass for collectors and investors

£725.00

Rene Lalique Bagatelle Vase Marcilhac 10-936

Rene Lalique Bagatelle Vase Marcilhac 10-936

A range of Vintage glassware and more lalique from france for sale at the Online antique store

£700.00

Three Colour Galle Banjo Cameo Vase c1910

Three Colour Galle Banjo Cameo Vase c1910

Galle cameo glassware for sale at our online antique store

£800.00

Rene Lalique Rampillon Vase Marcilhac 991

Rene Lalique Rampillon Vase Marcilhac 991

Vintage glassware from france for sale at the Online antique store

£875.00

Pair of Legras Mont Joye Enamelled Vases c1910

Pair of Legras Mont Joye Enamelled Vases c1910

A wondeful pair of enamelled French vases. Beautifully decorated and the outcome is worth every endeavour. Mont Joye and compagnie is a trade name used by Legras, Sargel and DeVez being two others of note.

£490.00

Signed Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase c1910

Signed Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase c1910

A tall French vase which has been beautifully decorated with a multitude of methods

£425.00

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

£1,750.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Hydrangeas Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Hydrangeas Vase c1900

A glass cameo vase designed by Émile Gallé for collectors

£675.00

Large Muller Freres Peony Vase c1900

Large Muller Freres Peony Vase c1900

Peony cameo vase designed by the Muller brothers of France

£1,790.00

A Very Tall Galle Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

A Very Tall Galle Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

An acid cameo glass vase for collectors

£945.00

Tall Legras Acid Ground Enamel Vase c1925

Tall Legras Acid Ground Enamel Vase c1925

An art glass enamelled vase by Legras. French glass from the roaring twenties

£695.00

Large Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Large Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

The geometric cut and polished design on an acid etched canvass is typical of Daum Nancy in the early 1920s

£290.00

Legras Acid Cameo Glass Vase c1925

Legras Acid Cameo Glass Vase c1925

An art glass cameo vase by Legras. Legras are well known for their art nouveau style cameo. After the First World War Legras changed to a new style of geometric Art Deco designs on opaque glass

£225.00

Rene Lalique Domremy Vase Marcilhac 979

Rene Lalique Domremy Vase Marcilhac 979

An R lalique Domremy vase, investment grade and highly decorative French art glass. Vintage glass vases at their finest

£1,350.00

R.Lalique Opalescent Formose Vase 1924 Marcilhac 934

R.Lalique Opalescent Formose Vase 1924 Marcilhac 934

R lalique Formose vase, investment grade antique glassware for sale

£4,200.00

Rene Lalique Poissons Vase Designed 1921 Marcilhac no. 925

Rene Lalique Poissons Vase Designed 1921 Marcilhac no. 925

R lalique Poissons vase, investment grade antique glassware for the glass collector

£1,250.00

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

£325.00

Rene Lalique 'Plumes De Paon' Glass Dish c1932

Rene Lalique 'Plumes De Paon' Glass Dish c1932

An online antique store with a range of collectibles and vintage glasses not just Rene Lalique

£975.00

French Art Deco Glass Charger c1930

French Art Deco Glass Charger c1930

Art Deco collectibles and glasses for sale from our online antiques store

£145.00

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

Rene Lalique Malesherbes Vase c1927

Rene Lalique Malesherbes Vase c1927

R lalique Malesherbes vase, investment grade glassware

£4,400.00

Rene Lalique 'Boule de Gui' Vase 1920

Rene Lalique 'Boule de Gui' Vase 1920

Rene lalique glassware is admired by glass collectors globally. Come and see other such collectibles at our antique shop online

£825.00

Signed Daum Glass Sail Boat

Signed Daum Glass Sail Boat

A wonderful glass sculpture for the sailing enthusiast

£230.00

Rene Lalique Formose Vase Designed 1924

Rene Lalique Formose Vase Designed 1924

R lalique Formose vase, investment grade glassware

£4,875.00

Legras Enamelled Landscape Stem Vase c1905

Legras Enamelled Landscape Stem Vase c1905

A Legras vase depicting a winter scene for sale

£235.00

Rene Lalique Oleron Vase Designed 1927

Rene Lalique Oleron Vase Designed 1927

R lalique Oleron vase, investment grade glassware

£1,150.00

French Facon De Venise  Winged Decorative Vase c1880

French Facon De Venise Winged Decorative Vase c1880

This glass is very much in the facon Venise and is a hommage to 16th and 17th century Venetian glass. Along with others such as Salviati in Murano, Daum in France and Rhenanes d'Ehrenfeld in Germany they produced glass to satisfy demand during the renaiss

£79.00

Marked Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Marked Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

A French Delatte Nancy Berluze vase for sale

£89.00

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

A wonderful Schneider art glass coupe a pied noir

£420.00

French Painted Landscape Cased Glass Vase c1925

French Painted Landscape Cased Glass Vase c1925

Hand painted cased glass vase

£175.00

Rene Lalique Opalescent Poissons Bowl

Rene Lalique Opalescent Poissons Bowl

The very collectable Lalique poissons pattern glass bowl in a wonderful opalescent colour, signed R Lalique

£485.00

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Daum were the leading light amongst those glass producers using deco style

£325.00

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