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 Nouveau pâte de verre "Masques" vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The vase is decorated with two red masks that are framed in purple and green leaves. Provenance: Christie''s, New York, Important 20th Century Decorative Arts Including Works by Tiffany Studios, 13 June 2002, lot 39. A similar vase is pictured in J. Bloch-Dermont, Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, p. 178, no. 14.06.
A French "Lyciet de Barbarie", pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, depicting pink wolf berries suspended from brown stems, with green leaves, all against a vignette ground of amber, honey and white. cf. J. Bloch-Dermont, Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, p. 179, no. 17.01 for another vase of this model.
A French Art Nouveau "Poissons dans les vagues" pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The vase depicts green/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.
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