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French Art Glass

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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Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask c 1905

Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask c 1905

Georges Despret Pate de Verre Mask

£1,850.00

Andre Delatte Enamelled Cameo Glass Vase c1920

Andre Delatte Enamelled Cameo Glass Vase c1920

Andre Delatte Enamelled Cameo Vase c1920

£525.00

A Verreries  D'Art Lorraine Glass With Wrought Iron Frame c1925

A Verreries D'Art Lorraine Glass With Wrought Iron Frame c1925

A Verreries D'Art Lorrain Glass With Wrought Iron Frame

£1,250.00

Delatte Nancy Enamelled Glass Vase c1920

Delatte Nancy Enamelled Glass Vase c1920

Delatte Nancy Enamelled Glass Vase c1920

£350.00

Andre Delatte Nancy Glass Berluze c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Glass Berluze c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

£135.00

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

£85.00

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

£140.00

French Cased Mottled Glass Vase c1930

French Cased Mottled Glass Vase c1930

French Cased Mottled Glass Vase c1930

£295.00

An Etling Glass Fern Pattern Charger c1930

An Etling Glass Fern Pattern Charger c1930

An Etling Glass Fern Pattern Charger c1930

£165.00

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 Muller Freres Amphora Vase c1925

A Muller Freres Amphora Vase c1925

Even a cursory glance at this vase will reveal why both Daum and Schneider engaged lawyers to ensure Muller Freres desisted from making their 'tributes'. The colours and form are that of Schneider, the foil inclusions a tribute to Daum

£725.00

Paul Nicolas D'Argental Tricorn Cameo Waterlillies Vase c1920

Paul Nicolas D'Argental Tricorn Cameo Waterlillies Vase c1920

Paul Nicolas D'Argental Tricorn Cameo Waterlillies Vase c1920

£640.00

A D'Argental Cameo Glass Vase c1925

A D'Argental Cameo Glass Vase c1925

A D'Argental Cameo Glass Vase c1925

£775.00

An Art Deco Enamelled Glass Vase by Leune c1925

An Art Deco Enamelled Glass Vase by Leune c1925

Leune was a decorating workshop founded in the early 20th century and taken over in the 1920's by Paul Daum. The glass blanks were supplied by Daum Freres at Nancy and decorated in polychrome enamels to the designs of Auguste Heiligenstein appointed as ar

£275.00

An Etling et Cie Opalescent Glass Vase c1925

An Etling et Cie Opalescent Glass Vase c1925

An Etling et Cie Opalescent Glass Vase c1925, Founded by Edmond Laurent Etling the company was located at 29 Rue de Paradis in Paris. Etling commissioned not only exclusive glass but also ceramics and sculpture and always of good quality. The company clos

£225.00

A Very Large Andre Delatte Glass Vase c1925

A Very Large Andre Delatte Glass Vase c1925

A Very Large Andre Delatte Glass Vase c1925

£425.00

Verrerie D'Art Degue Cameo Vase c1930

Verrerie D'Art Degue Cameo Vase c1930

From the Foreign Legion to Parisian art glass manufacturer David Gueron lead the most remarkable life that was sadly cut short by the second war. This has a very strong resemblance to Schneider designs, Gueron indeed hired Charles Schneider's employees an

£675.00

An Impressive pair of Art Nouveau Marmoreal and Gilt Glass Vases. c1895

An Impressive pair of Art Nouveau Marmoreal and Gilt Glass Vases. c1895

This sizeable pair of vases display complex marmoreal internal decoration using red/russet, cream and sang de boeuf splatter. The high quality gilding offers a mirror image design of Art Nouveau Poppy and Marguerite flowers enameled and gilt in higher rel

£750.00

Three Colur Cameo Vase Of Butterflies c1905

Three Colur Cameo Vase Of Butterflies c1905

This has been problematic. These large extravagant butterflies remind me of the work of Karl Lindeberg for Kosta in Sweden. Arsall also produced larger designs in cameo glass but despite our renewed efforts we have not solver the whodunnit !

£375.00

A Tall Muller Freres Vase c1925

A Tall Muller Freres Vase c1925

Acid stencil mark for Muller Freres Luneville

£475.00

A Verrerie D'Andelys Moulded Glass Charger c1935

A Verrerie D'Andelys Moulded Glass Charger c1935

A Verlys Moulded Glass Charger.

£275.00

A French Intercalaire Vase Encased in Wrought Iron Mounts c1930

A French Intercalaire Vase Encased in Wrought Iron Mounts c1930

he absence of a makers signature makes a definitive attribution problematic whilst the influence of Daum is quite obvious in the standard of glassmaking and suggestive of a maker in the Nancy or the local Lorraine region. This may have been made at the D

£575.00

Glass Made Transparent- Tiny Esveld

Glass Made Transparent- Tiny Esveld

Tiny Esveld is an internationally renowned authority on the glassware of Schneider, Galle, Daum and the Ecole De Nancy. This is a forensic examination of how to detect issues with French art glass. Every aspect is discussed from shape, rims, feet, signat

£20.00

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

Very Large Verrerie D'Art Degue Vase c1930

Very Large Verrerie D'Art Degue Vase c1930

A clear tribute to the creative genius of Charles Schneider, but then it could be argued that not only David Gueron followed that path Schneider created including Daum and Legras. That said this baluster shape vase is a superb example of interwar Frenh ar

£425.00

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze Vase c1930

A beautiful Andre Delatte Nancy Berluze vase from c1930 in good condition. For more French art glass, including a wide range of Art Deco and Art Nouveau vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

A Baccarat Opaline Floral Vase c1860

A Baccarat Opaline Floral Vase c1860

A Baccarat moulded opaline glass vase decorated with honeysuckle and cherry blossom

£285.00

A Wrought Iron Mounted Glass Bowl Centrepiece By Degue c1930

A Wrought Iron Mounted Glass Bowl Centrepiece By Degue c1930

A centrepiece with iron frame and glass bowl by Degue of Paris

£495.00

Andre Delatte Cameo Glass Vase c1925

Andre Delatte Cameo Glass Vase c1925

This is a stunning design by Andre Delatte that has been beautifully executed. Although the factory output was small and much of it was to be kind "Daum inspired" there were some original designs. The colours in this example are particularly int

£500.00

A Signed  Marcel Goupy Enamelled Perfume Bottle c1925

A Signed Marcel Goupy Enamelled Perfume Bottle c1925

Most probably designed for Parisian retailer Geo Rouard, Goupy was an architect turned jeweller, designer and decorator.

£575.00

Very Tall Andre Delatte Amethyst Vase c1925

Very Tall Andre Delatte Amethyst Vase c1925

A minumental glass vase by Andre Delatte

£290.00

A Signed Andre Delatte Vase 1925-30

A Signed Andre Delatte Vase 1925-30

This is a homage at best to Daum, pure plagiarism at worst . Such was the level of tribute paid by Delatte t Daum that the latter issued multiple legal claims against Delatte for breaches of copyright designs and methods. This remains a beautiful piece of

£550.00

French Dodecagonal Footed Opalescent Centrepiece c1925

French Dodecagonal Footed Opalescent Centrepiece c1925

Possibly Julien, Choisy-Le -Roi or Verlux. WE favout the latter

£245.00

A Baccarat Opalescent Vase c1860

A Baccarat Opalescent Vase c1860

Stunning opalescent vase made by Baccarat in c1860

£195.00

Rare Enamelled Vase Attributed To Georges Rouard c1925

Rare Enamelled Vase Attributed To Georges Rouard c1925

Gorges Rouard was a decorator of glass and porcelain. He opened his retail outlet Geo Rouard at 34 Avenue de L'Opera and hired one Marcel Goupy to manage the decorating business. Geo Rouard was a huge success and they retailed Baccarat and Lalique

£250.00

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

£360.00

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