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French Art Deco opalescent glass bowls do not get much better than this incredible piece, and not by any maker of the period. It is also unarguably one of the most phenomenal of any of the designs which were produced by Pierre d’Avesn, during the 1930s. This is a ‘Top-End’ piece of museum quality c20th Art.
Pierre d’Avesn was a master genius of his genre. From aged just 14 years he was employed by no other than Rene Lalique, the undisputed master glass artist of them all. Lalique purchased the copyrights to all of d’Avesn’s designs at this time, which perhaps illustrates the achievements & working-skills that d’Avesn demonstrated from a tender age. Several of his designs for Lalique, still remain to this day some of the most highly desirable patterns of them all, vases ‘Serpent’ and ‘Tourbillons’ being just two.
However, d’Avesn was no ‘one-trick-pony’ and his ongoing achievements throughout his working career were probably second to none. For example, by aged 29 he was manager & principal designer at `Daum Freres' at their Croismare glassworks at Luneville in France, where he remained until c1936. One year later he took over the Management of `Verlys' until the outbreak of WWII c1940 and still aged just 39 years... By comparison it should be noted that Rene Lalique was well into 50s, before his own molded glass vase & bowl patterns & designs were introduced. D’Avesn, did far much more than simply contributing to the glass-making world of his era… He was instrumental with establishing it and a major force to be reckoned with…
… The incredible works that d’Avesn was responsible for, were not only confined to his employees or for the quality factories of the period that he managed. Some of his most accomplished works of them all, he produced as a freelance artist at Cristallerie de Choisy-le-Roi (Sèvres) and this wonderful opalescent glass bowl demonstrates the above to unconditional perfection.
Please take more than just a short while to study my photographs of this sensational piece. The astonishing attention to the details of the molded designs for example, with each & every decorative feature being executed with breath-taking skill… The complete understanding of glass as a working medium, and of course the attentive use of opalescent glass in particular. This is no ordinary, simple, opalescent glass bowl it is unquestionably a work of major importance, produced by a glass-working genius. There are few, if any, glass-workers of this day who could replicate this piece or come anywhere close to it… as I know they would agree.
The pattern name of this piece is ‘Hirondelles’ (swallows) and it depicts 6 of these birds in a stylized formation with their wings over & under-lapping whilst in flight. Each bird has been meticulously portrayed with exceptionally fine detail, as our eyes are then drawn inwards to the centre of the bowl which has been beautifully molded with a profusion of tiny flower-heads & blooms. The way with which d’Avesn has used these decorative combinations, using quality opalescent glass, is absolutely superb. The different depths of glass for example, together with the various contrasts between transparent & opaque, is pure genius and masterful.
French opalescent glass of this quality, displays a multitude of colours which are subject to light conditions. The glass changes in an instant from say milky-blue to creamy-purple with hints of pink for example, whilst also having the ability to display a complete colour change into translucent golden amber, when the glass is lit from behind. It is a marvel to behold.
Nothing can prepare you either for the sheer size of this piece. It is an incredible 15 inches – 38 cm in diameter and is in places 1 inch in glass thickness. The height/depth of the bowl is 1.75 inches.
CONDITION REPORT: This glass is in mint pristine condition throughout. There are no nasty flea-bites, chips or damage repairs. The rim of the piece has an undulated/wavy edge which is quite common due to the fire-polishing process when the glass was removed from its mold. The signature is completely legible and crisply defined in molded block capitals: P. DAVESN MADE IN FRANCE
This is a mighty-fine example for your collection and its current value will no doubt continue to rise… You are not spending money when you purchase glass such as this, you are investing it, and wisely too.
Diameter: 15 inches Height/depth: 1.75 inches Postage weight: *4k *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
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