A French Art Deco pâte-de-verre vase, titled "Primevères" (Primroses) by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau featuring purple and red organic organic decoration in relief agains a multi-colored ground. The vase is further decorated with a purple art deco ornamental upper border. Pictured in: "G.Argy-Rousseau: Les Pâtes de Verres, catalogue raisonné" by Janine Bloch-Dermant (Paris: Les Editions de l''Amateur, 1990), page 196, cat. no. 24.02.
A Tiffany Studios New York glass "Cypriote" vase, featuring a mottled and multi-textured lava-like finish, with an uneven border. The vase has a dark background with iridescent green, blue, purple and metallic swirls. Cypriote is a textured glass achieved at Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company by rolling glass over a marble or iron surface covered with pulverized bits of the same glass. Its iridescence and bubbles resembled the decomposed surface of Roman glass discovered during archeological explorations on the island of Cyprus, hence its name. Lava glass evolved from Cypriote glass by using thicker, brighter glass and dripping golden glass irregularly over the surface. A similar vase is pictured in: "The Art of Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco" by Victor Arwas, London: Andreas Papadakis, 1996, p. 40, plate 50.
A French cameo and enameled glass vase by Emile Gallé. The vase features bleeding heart flowers with stems and leaves wrapped around and cascading down from the neck of the vase. The decoration is intricately enameled in greens, browns, white and red, all set against a vertically ribbed translucent green glass body. The vase is further enhanced with a textured pattern forming a ground for the cameo flowers. The top of the vase culminates in three sections. A similar vase is pictured in: Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco, by Victor Arwas, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987, p. 108
A French Art Nouveau cameo glass vase by Daum, featuring a scene of red blooming flowers on an opaque white martelé ground. The flowers, which have dark centers, are suspended from dark curving stems that emerge from dark green carved leaves. Pictured in Glass, Art Nouveau to Art Deco, by Victor Arwass, page 83. Art Nouveau, the French Aesthetic,by Victor Arwas, page 506.
A French Art Deco pâte-de-verre glass vase, "Lions," by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, depicting a series of three brown roaring lions in various running poses against a mottled cream ground. The lions are surrounded by cream calla lily flowers above them and red fern fronds below. Pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre, Catalogue Raisonne, G.Argy-Rousseau, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, p. 78 and p. 209, cat. no. 26.08.
A French Art Deco pâte-de-verre vase, "Le Jardin des Hespérides (Garden of the Hesperides)," by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, depicting three women in various poses picking apples from a tree. The women are in red; the apples are vibrant red. All are on a pale ground. Each woman picks from a tree with a brown trunk. The lower portion of the vase is darker red, resembling a floor, with a Greek key motif. Pictured in: "G. Argy-Rousseau: Les Pâtes de Verres", catalogue raisonné by Janine Bloch-Dermant (Paris: Les Editions de l''Amateur, 1990), pages 72-73 & 208, cat. no. 26.01; color pictures in: "G. Argy-Rousseau: Glassware as Art" by Janine Bloch-Dermant, New York, Thames and Hudson, Inc., 1991, pages 72-73. Bloch-Dermant describes this vase as "a hymn to nature," and "a masterpiece... outside of time." She adds that it is "a reference to Greece", from which Argy-Rousseau "inherited his feeling for nature." Bloch-Dermant cites Attic vases of the fifth century B.C., or the tragicomic theme of Greek masks as influences. "(G. Argy-Rousseau: Glassware as Art" by Janine Bloch-Dermant, New York, Thames and Hudson, Inc., 1991, pages 35, 41, 66)
A French Art Nouveau "Poissons dans les vagues" pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The vase depicts green and blue fish swimming through a clear textured surface over white waves and a deep blue base. A similar vase is featured in Bloch-Dermant, G. Argy-Rousseau, London 1991, cat. rais. 25.15. page 205. Also in Victor Arwas, Art Deco, New York, 1980, p. 266.
A rare French Art Deco ovoid-shaped vase by Claudius Linossier. This geometric vase is constructed with silver-domed brass heel and patinated fire decoration and silver inlays on a hammered brown background. Claudius Linossier (1893-1953) was a highly important French Art Deco metal artist who chose to work in the very old and very difficult technique of dinanderie, which involved decorating hand-raised copper vessels with specially-made metal oxides that were hammered into the surface, and, when heated, produced subtle and beautiful colors. For more information about Linossier and this technique, have a look at our bio of him. His pieces can be found in many museums and private collections. Bibliography: Claudius Linossier dinandier - Jean Gaillard, Lyonnaise Editions of Art and History, Lyon, 1994. Our vase, appearing on an archive photograph reproduced on page 166, referenced 605 (year 1925) and accompanied by a note of the artist: [Black vase, red copper, silver. 60 Dollars. Very beautiful ovoid shape]
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