Rare Vernox Paris - Sabino Opalescent & Iridescent Glass Vase c1925


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This is a rare vase by Sabino, produced under their pseudonym of Vernox, which they used very briefly and for certain items only for retail in France, to compete with the works of Verlys during c1925 - c1930 and no longer. The quality remains the same with Vernox marked items and only the signature is different, however due to the limited production of these pieces, they are quickly becoming very desirable and coveted by collectors.

Sabino, used numerous glass working procedures to produce their vase patterns, mostly employing press moulding techniques, but also by mouth blowing the glass into a mould and allowing the piece to cool by annealing, before cutting & polishing to remove any unwanted surplice areas of glass. These were time consuming and costly procedures however the results provided a luxurious finish and a quality item, as to one of the reasons Sabino glass remains highly as praised today. This Vernox piece by sabino, was produced by the mould-blowing methods of production and it is a quality piece indeed, as little expense was spared to create it.

The glass does not display the `waxy' opalescent characteristics that is associated with most of Sabino works, and it uses a more subtle & translucent blue opalescence to get its visual message across... The glass has also been sprayed with metallic salts to provide an iridescent finish, and this a seldom seen feature with such items.

Standing at just over 7 inches in height, this vase is not small, relatively speaking to most pattern type vases by Sabino. Its decorative patterns of crisply defined leaves and bunches of berries are also a far cry away from many Sabino designs of a geometrical form, hence Sabino's desire to compete with the more popular naturalistic designs which were being produced by Verlys, during the period when this piece was produced.

It should be noted that even the name and/or the glass being produced by Sabino, was not immune from stiff competition. Etling and others were also aware of the incredible glass being made by Verlys. They had good reason, for Pierre d'Avesn (a previous employee of Rene Lalique and also for Daum) was now managing Verlys and forging the glassworks into a major force to be reckoned with. It could be argued that if Sabino (and Etling also) had not marketed under Vernox & Verlux, then they could have quite quickly fallen from popularity, long before the production by both did.

Nobody can question the quality of glass that was produced by Sabino or indeed for Etling, but a name is just a name and Verlys had become the next new thing and were offering their items at a fraction of the cost, without any compromise to quality. Sabino, had the good sense to adapt to this sudden change and so VERNOX & VERART (VERLUX with Etling items) would appear upon certain Sabino pieces rather than Sabino itself. These alterations were enough to `confuse' a Verlys-wanting market, and these minor alterations paid-off...

It is only in recent years that the above has become factual knowledge. During the 1920s- 1930s few would have known of the association between Sabino & Vernox as being one the same, however there was only one type of glass product which was produced by Sabino/Vernox/Verart and that was a glass product of absolute quality... As is this vase, which not only possess beauty, but a remarkable history too.

CONDITION REPORT: It is in fabulous condition. Mentioned for accuracy are the two minuscule flea-bits to the inner rim of the base. They do not detract and can be felt rather than seen.

Height: 7.25 inches Widest diameter: 4.5 inches Base diameter: 3 inches Top diameter: 2.25 inches Postage weight: 1k 750gms

Item ID: JJ895

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