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Here for your collection is beautiful example of French Art Deco press molded glass with a bronze metal mount which incorporates a carrying handle. It is unsigned or unrecorded and its designer/maker has yet to be accurately established.
The design is not dissimilar to the works of Rene Lalique, but this piece is not his work. Sabino, is the most likely contender under their pseudonym of Vernox or Verart, but again this still as yet to be established. It can be noted however, that the vast majority of all glass patterns which feature a Sirens/Naiades theme were produced in France during the Art Deco period. I consider this particular example to be the work of Sabino, but this is an opinion and I would welcome accurate identification.
That it was made at a quality glassworks is sacrosanct. The glass displays all of the characteristics associated with high-end design and glass working skill. It is a highly accomplished work of art.
The bronze mount (though contemporary to the piece) would not have been produced by the glassworks. It would have been added at time of manufacture by the retailer, and with both mediums being of very high quality, so too would have been the French retailer of this piece.
Naiades or sirens are an incredible image when portrayed upon glass, and it is the skill of the mould maker who in this instance should be applauded. The positioning of the three mermaids and the various depths of glass, results in a piece which displays much movement & grace, whilst the translucency of the glass also allows the imagery to become almost life-like. Each and every facial feature and the feminine body tones have been captured with breath taking beauty upon this piece. Each siren has a different posture, as they `swim' head-to-tail within their glassy-water world. Please study my photographs... It is a stunning portrayal using glass.
Of further note is the bronze mount, which was produced to be a permanent fixture to the bowl. It is almost Art Nouveau in design with its organic-like branch handle & leaf emblems, however the sides of the handle are the give-away which places this piece into the realm of Art Deco. The stylized leaves for example, are geometrically spaced, whilst the bronze attachments to the glass have been represented as Aztec stepped pyramids – a favoured design feature of the Art Deco era. These little details propel this piece from the Art Nouveau period into the roaring 1920s, whilst they also serve as back-plates to protect the glass from damage once the securing bolts had been welded into place... It is a very clever & thoughtful design, which is testament to the longevity of this piece and its survival.
CONDITION REPORT: There are no serious issues with this piece. There are no chips or cracks to the glass, and there are no breakages or damage repairs to the bronze mount. I have tried to show the small internal bruise to the centre of the bowl, which though evident is stable. It is an internal bruise and not a chip and it does not detract from the splendour of this fabulous piece... It is shown as a small white area on the fourth & ninth photo's, but as photo 7 shows, it disappears completely under certain natural light conditions. The entire is unique for your collection and you shall not locate another example such as this... Particularly at this current Sale Price (which is for a limited period only)
I would kindly urge you not to allow this opportunity to pass you by...
It is simply divine.
Diameter: 25cms – 9.75 inches Bowl height/depth: 7.5cms – 3 inches Total height with handle: 26cms – 10 inches Postage weight: *2k 600gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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