This magnificent vase is a rarity. It is the `Feuilles de Bananier' pattern No. 1816 and is exceptionally rare. The vase is fully signed in moulded cursive script: A Verlys France
The vase was only produced using satin clear crystal, and it is the largest example of the `wing' pattern vase types designed by Pierre d'Avesn for Verlys France during the early 1930s.
Nothing quite prepares you for the size of this piece. It is monumental in terms of its incredible details using press moulded glass techniques. 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 vase 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, all of which Laliquè, registered and used. D'Avesn 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...
Vases such as this have timeless appeal and it is difficult to imagine that this piece was designed & produced over 80 years ago... Please study my photographs as I am sure that you will agree that there are very few vases of the Art Deco period that can compete with its magnificent presence. The vase stands at just under 11 inches for example and has a top diameter of 7 inches however it is the incredible handles which launches this vase into a league of its own and which provides it with an impressive diameter of 13 inches – 33cm
Only the finest quality crystal has been used to create the vase, which in places is 1.5 inches thick. The entire piece would have been matt-satin frosted and then finished by hand to provide highly polished accents to the moulded pattern, its base and the top-edge rim. No expense was spared to produce this vase and as such it was a top of the range item by Verlys.
I have added a group photograph of this vase with other d'Avesn examples to provide size & scale. The other examples are impressive enough and yet look how they are both dwarfed by `Feuilles de Bananier'
This is obviously a piece for the connoisseur – collector and it represents a very wise investment however this vase is also an undeniable statement piece of interior display. It is a real `head-turner' where ever it is suitably placed within any interior setting. In one word, it is `Incredible'
CONDITION REPORT: There are no serious issues with this piece. Age related wear as one would expect is evident upon the underside of the base. Impossible to photograph are two minuscule `nicks' to one of the handles which are smaller than a `pin head' and can be felt rather than seen... It is an exceptional example, rarely seen and rarely offered...
Height: 11 inches Widest diameter: 13 inches Top diameter: 7 inches Base diameter: 4.75 inches Postage wright: *5k 600g *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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