It goes without saying that I love most glass, but I simply ADORE this particular piece.
It is an example of glass which needs no signature or attribution to tell you exactly where or when it was produced, or its most probable designer, and it displays a beauty which to me is unique.
This piece is maker marked: MADE IN FRANCE and yet as aforementioned it is the very quality of the opalescent glass itself which already amply provides this information, for it is beautiful and is unlike any other opalescent glass bowl of its type.
There was only one glass works in the whole of France, which not only marked some of its glass as above, but were also capable of producing opalescent glass of this quality: Choisy – le – Roi, who produced the designed works of most of the famous names which are associated to French Art Deco press moulded opalescent glass: Pierre d'Avesn; Etling; Hunebelle, and numerous others, each and all had many of their items produced at Choisy – le – Roi, including the most famous of them all: Rene Lalique.
That this bowl is a Choisy-le – Roi piece is established, however although it cannot be accurately clarified as being designed by, it is certainly most probable to be one of the many designed pieces by Hunebelle.
I can state the above purely upon some other items within my collection which are documented & recorded opalescent glass bowls, designed by Hunebelle. The precise same placement of the: MADE IN FRANCE moulded mark for example and also more the case this bowls' overall geometrical Art Deco stylization and form.
It takes a designer of excellent technical & mathematical genius to design & develop a moulded glass item such as this piece, and there were no designers any finer than Hunebelle, in this instance. His complete understanding of mathematics, in terms of geometrical design, was unsurpassed in France, throughout his entire working life.
The way with which geometrical forms have been used which in turn then provide a visual illusion to be that of a Dahlia flower head, in true Art Deco style, is a joy to behold, which to me personally is one of the best opalescent glass bowls in my entire collection, produced by any maker. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Whilst in my own custody, I use and I display my glass as I personally see fit, suitably and responsibly. All of the mouldings of the bowl are to the underside, and the facets of them produce remarkable visual effects of creamy-blue & golden opalescence. This particular bowl for example, I choose to display upside-down and as a large round base where within its centre I place an opalescent glass lady figurine or an animal study by Sabino or R Lalique.
The central base of the bowl is also very apt and suitably formed to adapt to my own preference of display, and as the bowl also incorporates eight feet for the bowl to sit upon when correctly placed and in situ, they also act as the perfect support for any of the figurines which I choose, to fit snugly into place without any fear of damage to either.
ALL collectors of glass bowls share the one same very problem, and that is the amount of space that is required to display such items. One can display as many as thirty or more vases upon a mantle shelf of barely 1ft in length, but one single bowl can require the same amount of space, if not more, even if it is required to be displayed upright upon a suitable & secure standing frame.
This particular bowl, no matter how one chooses to suitably display it, takes ones breath away with its beauty. Whether it is used as intended, sat upright upon its feet; Upside-down (as I do) or upon its edge suitably framed. My Photographs perhaps show this better than my description, and also perhaps illustrate as to why I simply ADORE this particular piece... As I am certain that you will too.
The condition of this bowl is mint. One single tap from a finger nail and it rings like a bell for no less than eight seconds. Please take good care of it... It's a real beauty to live with.
Diameter: 9.25 inches (24cms) Height/depth: 3 inches (7.5cms) Postage weight: 2k
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