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 French ''Ecureuils dans l''herbe" pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. Nature, notably flowers and insects, held an important place among the themes developed by Argy-Rousseau. He belongs to this generation of artists who, rebelling against a growing urbanization, seek refuge in nature, This vase depicts a squirrel playing in the grass. A similar piece is pictured in: cf. J. Bloch-Dermont, Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, p. 216, no. 28.05. for another vase of this model.
A French "Musiciens Grecs" pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. One of Argy-Rousseau''s most important source of inspiration was Ancient Greece, and the subject matter of this vase relates to that theme. Against a pale pink background stands a musician playing the lyre, one of the most emblematic Greek instruments. The frieze on the bottom of the vase reminds one of the magnificent friezes in Greek temples. A similar piece is pictured in: cf. J. Bloch-Dermont, Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, p. 216, no. 28.03 for another vase of this model.
A French Art Nouveau pâte de verre vase, "Eucalyptus," by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The vase has three isolated brown branches, each with curving purple and green leaves, and flower buds, also in purple and green, in relief. Provenance: Mr. Kenneth W. Davis, Fort Worth, Texas. An example of this vase is pictured in: G. Argy Rousseau: Glassware as Art, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991, p. 180, cat. no 19.06.
A French "Spiders and Brambles" cameo glass vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The vase features entwined pink, green, and brown bramble leaves. The mottled white glass ground is dominated by a bas relief white spider web, giving the visual effect of a floating gossamer on the vase. A spindly black spider sits in the center of the web. A similar vase is pictured in "G. Argy-Rousseau Glassware As Art," by Janine Bloch-Dermant, in the catalog raisonne section pg. 181, figure 20.05.
A French Art Deco pâte-de-verre glass vase, "Lions," by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, depicting a series of three mottled brown roaring lions in various running poses against a mottled cream ground. The lions are surrounded by cream colored 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 pâte de verre "Papillon" bowl by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The bowl has three Luna moths with brown bodies and textured green wings with red spots. They sit just below the bowl''s rim in a background of mottled purple and pink, fading to opalescence. A similar bowl is pictured in: "G. Argy Rousseau: Glassware as Art, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991, p. 178, cat. no. 15.01.
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