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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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Verre Francais Schneider Glass Charger c1930

Verre Francais Schneider Glass Charger c1930

An acid eiched Schneider art glass charger for collectors

£390.00

French Cased and Painted Glass Vase c1900

French Cased and Painted Glass Vase c1900

An antique French vase from the late 19th century

£68.00

Galle Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

Galle Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

An acid cameo glass vase for collectors

£1,400.00

Galle Cameo Poppy Vase c1903

Galle Cameo Poppy Vase c1903

A glass cameo vase designed by Émile Gallé for sale

£1,150.00

Signed Rene Lalique Opalescent Ondines Glass Bowl c1920

Signed Rene Lalique Opalescent Ondines Glass Bowl c1920

A Lalique Ondines pattern glass bowl signed R Lalique for collectors

£1,400.00

Rene Lalique Druide Vase 937

Rene Lalique Druide Vase 937

R lalique Druide vase, a collectors favourite

£1,800.00

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

Schneider Art Glass Tazza c1920

A Schneider art glass coupe a pied

£625.00

Loetz Richard Cameo Vase c1925

Loetz Richard Cameo Vase c1925

Loetz cameo glass vase under the name Richard from the 1920’s

£650.00

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

£750.00

French Painted Landscape Cased Glass Vase c1925

French Painted Landscape Cased Glass Vase c1925

Hand painted cased glass vase

£225.00

Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vase c1905

Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vase c1905

A Legras vase depicting a summer forest scene for sale

£480.00

Large Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase c1905

Large Galle Three Colour Cameo Vase c1905

Oak leaf and acorn vase designed by Emile Galle of France

£1,650.00

Pair of Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vases c1905

Pair of Legras Enamelled Cameo Landscape Vases c1905

A pair of Legras vases depicting a summer forest scene by using a combination of acid cameo to give depth and enamels to add increased detail

£550.00

Pair Signed Rene Lalique Nippon Glasses c1930

Pair Signed Rene Lalique Nippon Glasses c1930

A pair of small lalique Nippon glasses. The translation is 'Japan'

£140.00

Rene Lalique Opalescent Dahlias Glass Bowl 1921

Rene Lalique Opalescent Dahlias Glass Bowl 1921

Rene lalique glass bowl. A popular opalescent maker and rightly so, this range is wonderfully excecuted

£625.00

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

£525.00

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Pouilly Plates

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Pouilly Plates

The Pouilly decorative band is found on many Rene Lalique designs

£210.00

Signed Rene Lalique Opalescent Volubilis Glass Bowl c1920

Signed Rene Lalique Opalescent Volubilis Glass Bowl c1920

A Lalique volubilis pattern glass bowl in a wonderful opalescent colour, signed R Lalique. Volubilis is the name of the flower, morning glory to us Brits

£450.00

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

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

£525.00

Galle 'Autumn Falling Leaves' Cameo Bowl c1900

Galle 'Autumn Falling Leaves' Cameo Bowl c1900

A glass cameo vase designed by Émile Gallé. The lack of a star at the begining of the signature tells us that this exampe was produced before Gallé's passing in 1904.

£525.00

Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase

Legras Rubis Series Glass Vase

This French vase has been beautifully decorated with a multitude of methods but the outcome is worth every endeavour

£425.00

Signed Rene Lalique Chrysis Motor Mascot

Signed Rene Lalique Chrysis Motor Mascot

A vintage Lalique motor mascot. This piece makes a wonderful sculpure in the home

£6,000.00

Pair Signed Rene Lalique Dampierre Glasses

Pair Signed Rene Lalique Dampierre Glasses

The verdigris decorative band is found on many Renee Lalique designs

£195.00

Pair of Legras Mont Joye Enamelled Vases

Pair of Legras Mont Joye Enamelled Vases

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.

£640.00

Galle Three Colour Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

Galle Three Colour Cameo Wisteria Vase c1900

A glass cameo vase designed by Émile Gallé. The absence of a star before the signature indicates that the piece was produced prior to 1904.

£825.00

Art Deco Pierre D'Avesn Glass Vase For Daum Freres 1931-6

Art Deco Pierre D'Avesn Glass Vase For Daum Freres 1931-6

Pierre d'Avesn was born in 1901 and worked at Rene lalique from the age of 14. During his time at lalique he designed such pieces as the serpent vase and the Tourbillons vase. He is now regarded as one of the most important designers in France.

£295.00

Galle Cameo Vase c1900

Galle Cameo Vase c1900

A wopnderful cameo vase designed by Émile Gallé at the turn of the century. The absence of a star before the signature indicates that the piece was produced prior to 1904.

£620.00

Rene Lalique Opalescent Veronique Glass Bowl c1920

Rene Lalique Opalescent Veronique Glass Bowl c1920

R Lalique veronique pattern glass bowl in a wonderful opalescent colour, signed R Lalique. Veronique is the name of the plant, speedwell to us Brits

£395.00

Rene Lalique Opalescent Volubilis Glass Bowl c1920

Rene Lalique Opalescent Volubilis Glass Bowl c1920

Lalique volubilis pattern glass bowl in a wonderful opalescent colour, signed R Lalique. Volubilis is the name of the flower, morning glory to us Brits

£430.00

Very Rare Large Daum Nancy Smoke Glass Bowl c1900

Very Rare Large Daum Nancy Smoke Glass Bowl c1900

Large Daum Nancy smoked glass bowl, decorated with acid etched and cut back technique glass roses

£2,250.00

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Nippon Glasses c1930

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Nippon Glasses c1930

A pair of lalique Nippon glasses. The translation is 'Japan'

£230.00

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

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

£490.00

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Dampierre Plates

Pair of Signed Rene Lalique Dampierre Plates

The verdigris decorative band is found on many Renee Lalique designs

£235.00

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

£675.00

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Art Deco Daum Nancy Vase c1930

Paul Daum the son son of Auguste daum lead the way in the field of art deco glass. Strong geometric designs on acid etched glass, with alternating bands of polishing and etching and quite distinctive

£525.00

Legras Acid Cameo Glass Vase

Legras Acid Cameo Glass Vase

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

£260.00

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