SCHWALBEN & LUTTICH German Art Deco Press Moulded Glass Center Piece Set by Walther & Sohne c1936

Walther & Sohne, were the `Heavy Weight Champions of The World' in terms of German Art Deco press moulded glass. No other factory of the era can quite compete with the incredible diversity of quality designs that they produced.

Time after time, Walther & Sohne delivered sensational items which firmly established them as market leaders of their genre... Here, is one such example that is also a very desirable rarity, for its pattern its colour and its bowl `Luttich' which is even more difficult to find in any colour variety than the Swallows central itself... Collectors will also notice the more desirable flower-frog disc which accompanies this set. The entire, is an item of German Art Deco press moulded glass supremacy.

`Luttich' (couch) c1936 is a marvel. It has an impressive diameter of 32cms – 12.5 inches and is beautifully moulded with a diamond-star quilted pattern of exceptional definition and crystal glass thickness. Its qualities are almost that of cut lead crystal, with facets which refract light across its entire surface from each and every angle. The bowl itself is a dream... And this example is in pristine, good-as-new mint condition. Not one single chip, flea-bite or nibble...

The `Schwalben' (swallows) main central element is equally & undeniably a rare piece indeed, particularly in this rich & vibrant deep colour variety of blue, which as is evident was produced to belong to its 'Luttich' bowl, which is also a very scarcely seen grouping of these two parts from the period...

This center piece set was produced by Walther to represent everlasting love. In nature, swallows mate for life and no matter how far a distance each bird travels, they always return to their exact same meeting place, year upon year. Walther, always the observers, have captured these two love-birds with remarkable detail & expressive movement. They are seen to be nestled closely together upon an Art Deco stylized formation of crystal blue rocks. It is no small wonder that these Schwalben display items have become to be coveted & cherished by so many and not only within glass collective circles. It is a symbolic piece, and a magnificent token of everlasting love.

It should be noted that most of the blue glass that was produced by Walther, is by far a much lighter pastel shade. Very few glassworks altered their `standard' colour ranges, to comply with regularity and consistency of production so that it did not waver. Only subtle alterations will be observed with press moulded glass, however here we see a completely new colour type being introduced by Walther and one that is inarguably more vibrant & rich than any of its competitors. It is acknowledged that this colour-type was a later introduction by Walther however fewer examples were produced than their lighter blue equivalents...

CONDITION REPORT: All of the three component items are in excellent condition. There are few nibbles to the very base of the flower frog, but that is all. This does not detract or interfere with the stability of the piece. These are rare & desirable items by Walther, which seldom appear being offered, particularly using this wonderfully rich colour of royal blue glass... You will not be disappointed to covet & to cherish this piece, and it is very much indeed a very wise investment.

Total height: 10 inches 25.5cms Bowl diameter: 11.75 inches - 30cms Schwalben/swallows & flower frog height: 9 inches - 23cms Flower frog diameter: 6 inches - 15cms Postage weight: *4k *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.

Item ID: JJ810

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