I am currently offering the largest private selection of 1930s French Art Deco glass designed by Pierre d'Avesn, anywhere in the world, and this piece is undeniably one of his finest examples, which he designed during his relatively short time as the Principal Manager of Verlys.
This iconic piece displays a presence that is timeless and its desirability is sacrosanct as I am sure that you will agree. The pattern name is "Eventail" No. 1859, and examples are exceptionally rare to find outside of private collections.
No other Art Deco press moulded glass vase design produced by Verlys comes close to it, in terms of its modernistic geometrical styling. It is an absolute triumph of its era.
Pierre d'Avesn, was a master genius comparable with the likes of Rene Lalique and Sabino for example. He was instrumental to the development of Art Deco press moulded glass in terms of design and quality and his contribution to the medium is far more than just exemplary.
There are few (if any) glass workers of today who could replicate this piece, or who possess the glass working skills to do so, and that is no false claim. d'Avesn was at the very pinnacle of his working career when he designed this piece for Verlys, and his working career is almost second none within the medium of Art Deco press moulded glass...
From aged 14 years he was employed by Rene Laliquè (the undisputed French glass master of them all) and whilst Laliquè was well into his 50s before his first vase patterns were introduced, d'Avesn was still only 24 and responsible for designing numerous works for Laliquè. He could not have had a better beginning to his working career, which then continued with incredible achievement. At the age of just 29 he became the Manager & principal designer at `Daum Freres' at their Croismare glassworks in Luneville, France, where he remained until c1936. One year later he took over the Management of `Verlys' until the outbreak of WWII and still aged only 39...
The vase is registered and pictured in the original Verlys catalogue of c1934 and is also featured in the Historical Reference: Catalogue raisonné Glass Moulded From Years 1920 to 1930, written & edited by Philippe Decelle.
No photograph gives justice to the "Eventail" vase, or can capture its presence and size. The piece measures 11 inches in width and is also an impressive 8.5 inches high. Each wing of the vase is ½ inch thick and the entire piece has been crafted using *4 kilogrammes of quality French lead crystal. Each example was finished by hand to remove any evidence of moulding lines and to produce a luxurious finish.
Only the central column of the vase itself has been afforded with matt-satin frosting, whilst the `wings' of the vase, the top, the base and its hexagonal edge have been wheel polished, however it can also be noted when studying this vase closely, that the horizontal `droplets' of glass which patterns each wing, and the spaces in between them, have also been frosted but with less opacity to provide ever more visual appeal to the piece with subtle diffusion of light... The vase is a total masterpiece of glass design & perfection from each and every angle...
It is never too soon to purchase designed works by d'Avesn, particularly in terms of investment. Values of items such as this piece have more than doubled within the past 5 years, and as the glass vases by Rene Lalique are beyond most people's budgets, more and more collectors are turning towards Pierre d'Avesn, as they are far more than just being the next best thing. This vase in particular is a vase that even Rene Lalique himself would have been proud to have added his own signature to...
CONDITION REPORT: Mentioned here for accuracy of description, only the very 'smallest' shell-flake is evident upon the underside base of the vase. It is in incredible condition for your collection... LOOK AT IT, it is breath-taking and you will not be disappointed...
Height: 8.5 inches Widest width: 11 inches Base diameter: 3.5 inches Top diameter: 3.25 inches Postage weight: *4k *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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