This is a great enameled piece by André Delatte ca. 1921-25.
The vase is of a classic spherical shape. The base colour is a mottled green and blue. The décor consists of a stylized white and yellow flower with black foliage. The décor is extended on two sides and complemented with specks of white enamel. The entire vase is finished with a black enamel band on both the collar and the rim of the vase.
Signature: "A Delatte, Nancy" enameled signature
Dimensions: Approximately 14.5 cm (5 ¾ in) maximum height.
Condition: Very good. No chips, cracks or repairs. Some wear to the enamel and a scratch to the body (see photos).
A Note About the Manufacturer:
André Delatte opened his glassworks in 1921 on the outskirts of Nancy in France. He copied the successful styles of notable manufacturers in the area, including Daum. Nonetheless, he succeeded in his own right by embracing the Art Deco styles of the 1920's. After which, his work in turn was the subject of imitation and reproduction.
All of Delatte's production was during the interwar period of 1918 to 1938. He mass produced his art ware which was priced reasonably and which was most often functional. He did produce art glass lighting equipment in quantity and in popular styles.
While working with wrought iron fixtures, Delatte developed a series of art glass items blown into wrought iron frames. These activities lead to a confrontation with Daum who had been working with a similar technique prior to World War I. A long drawn out legal battle between Daum and Delatte strained the smaller company, and with the onset of the second World War, Delatte was forced to close its doors.
Among collectibles today, Delatte's cameo glass is much more available than his pieces in the aesthetic Art Deco taste.
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