Birds and or fish were a favoured theme used by Verlys for many of their examples of incredible press moulded glass, and this beautiful Verlys bowl is one of their finest.
Cormorants & Koi Carp have been used together to produce an expressive movement, seldom seen using press moulded glass techniques, and by using one of the more desirable glass colours of Directoire Blue, Verlys have emphasised the aquatic design of this piece to perfection.
There are many occasions when the glass produced by Verlys, can even outshine the works of R Lalique. This bowl is one of them. It is quite simply breathtakingly beautiful, and with a diameter which approaches 14 inches it is an impressive work of art glass indeed, produced by one the most important of makers in history.*
*You may wish to make comparison to other examples produced by Verlys which are currently available exclusively here in my shop. Item number: JJ660 for example, also provides a Footnote and further detailed information about Verlys as major contributors of Art Deco & mid c20th glass using press moulded techniques, both in France & USA.*
There can be much confusion between examples of Verlys produced from both countries, however in collective terms of value, one and both are relatively the same, though of course earlier dated French examples tend to command higher prices, as does also the glass colour itself. Generally speaking and in most instances it is the signature itself which is the only distinguishing factor. French Verlys glass, in the main, shall carry a moulded `Verlys France' maker mark, whereas USA examples will be etched in script: `Verlys.' Coloured Verlys glass will also show variations of colour depth between the two countries. Further confusion exists to this day, as Fenton produce certain examples using original Verlys moulds, as so too does Desna, Czechoslovakia, however there is no mistaking a true American or French example of Verlys, for it displays a quality of glass which out rivals any other, as so too does the weight of the piece.
This exceptional example of Directoire Blue, Verlys glass, was produced in USA between 1935-1951, when all production ceased until again from 1955-1957 Verlys moulds were leased to the A. H. Heisey company, in Ohio USA, however this colour type was never used or produced by Heisey.
It is also documented and noted that just one single glass worker in USA, was employed to sign each piece with etched script, during the earlier American production years of 1935 – 1951. This of course proves invaluable too, when establishing the provenance of Verlys glass with precision.
This beautiful bowl carries the above etched script signature and so its pedigree is reputable beyond any doubt, combined of course with its tremendous colour, which due to its Uranium content, will simply glow with further radiance when lit with UV black light.
It is a fabulous design by Verlys, and as like most of their bowl types produced, the design features combine so as to provide feet for the bowl, which raises it superbly to allow for optimum light penetration, which in turn emphasises the mouldings when viewed from above. In this instance, it is the body parts of the Cormorants, which elevates the bowl to give height to it.
Please take a while to study my photographs of this magnificent work of art glass. The movement that has been achieved within a diameter of 13.5 inches is as refined as it gets. You will not be disappointed with this stunning example by Verlys, and its quality is pure & sublime. It is also in pristine condition, with no chips, nicks, scratches or fleabites etc. and so it is a very worthy investment piece for your collection...
Diameter: 13.75 inches Height/depth: 3 inches Postage weight: *3k 600gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
Item ID: JJ666
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