During the mid c20th there was only one factory in the world who could compete with the opalescent glass which was produced in France, at either Alsace or Choisy-le-roi. English factories of the period, such as Jobling and Sowerby each produced their own varieties of this incredible glass-colour, however nothing of which could compete with or too the works of R Lalique, Sabino, Etling, Verlys and many more accomplished makers in France...
... Except that is, for S Reich & Co., who produced opalescent glass which at times out-rivals all of its competitors, and this beautiful bowl is no exception.
Founded in circa 1813 by Samuel Reich, S. Reich & Co, rapidly established itself to become one of the leading family-run glass factories in Europe.
By the 1920s they were producing some of the most amazing Art Deco glassware of the period, and as previously stated, their opalescent glass in particular is almost second to none in terms of its quality matched with colourization.
Nothing quite prepares you on first seeing this glass up close. It is quite simply breath taking, and this example is as sublime as it gets. As an Art Deco press moulded glass design it is also sensational.
There are basically, three different kinds of opalescent glass however each type uses heat combined with coolness to provide its creamy-opalescent effect. In this piece for example, the blue-tinged & semi-opaque rich-creamy colour is produced by slower cooling of the thicker parts of the glass. The effects are astonishing under different light conditions. The glass glows a golden colour when light is allowed to shine through from behind, and then a wonderful opal-blue which blends into an almost white, when lit from the front.
Armed with this knowledge, it then takes thickly detailed glass patterns to bring this glass into life, and no more so than the patterns which can be achieved by using press moulded techniques, of which S Reich & Co., excelled in.
I would urge you to compare this bowl, to any other opalescent glass produced by any other factory... Nothing else can quite match it, not even R Lalique, and I make no false claims here. THIS is the `Rolls Royce' in the world of glass opalescence.
The design is an outstanding Art Deco statement, with its fabulous concentric ovals of overlapping pleated glass, that appear to be stylized mussel shells which culminate to provide six solid & sturdy moulded glass feet. Not only do these give stability and beauty to the piece, they also raise the bowl to provide it with optimum light penetration from beneath.
The additional appeal of this particular design by Reich, is the bowls ability to offer a visual delight from each and every angle, inside-out, top to bottom. It is a deep bowl type and its shape is also unique and can be best described perhaps as being a mushroom-cap shape in its formation. It is also a large and impressive size with a top diameter of 10 inches and it stands at an equally pleasing 4.5 inches.
I have provided a photograph of this piece, as featured as bowl pattern number: B 2630 in the original sample book by S Reich & Co., printed circa 1934. Several shallow bowls are also featured, as so too is a vase, all of which use the same mussel-shell type design. This deeper bowl however is featured separately and was only produced in one size.
This is without any doubt a rare piece being offered to you from my collection, and you will not see or find another example being offered, anywhere else online...
It is completely free of any cracks, chips, damage or repairs. It is an incredible piece of Art Deco artistry, using press moulded opalescent glass.
I would kindly urge you not allow this scarcity to pass you by.
Top diameter: 10 inches Height: 4.5 inches Postage weight: * 2k 600gms * Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
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