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The French town of Choisy-le-Roi, south-east of Paris, was the site of arguably the most important production factory of the finest quality opalescent glass anywhere in the world, up until the factory's closure in c1951. During the first half of the 20th century, significant names such as Etling, d'Avesn, Hunebelle and many more besides utilised the incredible glass making skills that were based there. The opalescent glass which was produced at Choisy-le-Roi, is without parallel in terms of its opalescence. It is a glass which is simply sublime throughout and all of the colours associated with it, are displayed with beautiful abundance. Creamy-golden white and hues of blue & purples and hints of pink, radiate throughout this glass with ever changing combinations of colour, just as this remarkable bowl reveals.
The designer of this bowl has yet to be established with accuracy however the meticulous geometrical moulded pattern could point towards Hunebelle or an unknown freelance designer for Etling.
It is a wonderfully designed piece which is very striking, with its portrayal of a stylized starfish which is seen to support the bowl with its arms. A background of overlapping Art Deco themed seashells, deliver additional visual appeal, and rows of facetted hexagonal `studs' & `pearls' give even more dimension to the arms of the starfish to provide luxurious opalescent qualities to the glass. The result is a triumph and its attraction is timeless.
The bowl is in excellent condition and it rings like a bell. There is a minuscule chip to one of the small pegged feet, mentioned here for accuracy of description (please see photograph 6)
It is a gem of a piece for your collection.
Moulded mark in block capitals: MADE IN FRANCE
Diameter: 9.25 inches Height/depth: 3.25 inches Postage weight: 2k
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