Rene Lalique French Opalescent Glass Bowl. Poissons circa 1931

`Poissons' No.1 pattern was introduced by Rene Lalique c1921. Various sized bowls and plates soon followed all of which feature slender stylized fish. It is a very beautifully created design, but then again this piece was designed by the greatest master of all time within the medium of press moulded glass: Rene Lalique.

`Poissons' is a fabulous designed piece that uses ten slender fish which radiate inwards to the centre of the bowl. Each fish has been moulded intaglio,which in turn produces thick ribs of glass that spiral outwards between each of the fish. Further decorative features are the moulded glass bubbles which draw the eye to the centre of the bowl. The result is a piece which displays much movement, as if to be a whirlpool of shimmering opalescence. The bowl is deep, at over 3 inches which is an additional advantage to this particular design.

Opalescent glass is produced by a slower cooling method to the thicker parts of a piece. This causes a crystallisation inside of the glass, which gives a more transparent opalescence to the thinner areas and a richer effect on the thicker surface areas. The creamy-whites, milk-blues and the golden-amber colours which can be observed are all subject to different light conditions. When this piece for example is held up to a window and lit from behind, all of the opalescence disappears completely and the glass becomes entirely transparent with a subtle hint of golden-amber. Taken away from any direct light source and then the piece displays all of the luxurious qualities associated to opalescent glass. Each factory had its own recipe to produce the variety of opalescent examples that we see today. Very few factories still produce this glass type, due to the high levels of technical difficulty and the poisonous ingredients which are necessary to make this glass, which included White Arsenic.

No matter how incredible the design, all moulded glass is only as good as the metal mould itself, and within France the best mould maker was Franckhauser, who was based in Paris. All Lalique moulded glass was produced from Franckhauser moulds, as too were the glass patterns by Etling, d'Avesn, Sabino and many others. All of them owe their design productions to Franckhauser during the 1920s and beyond until their glass production ended. Over and above the phenomenal designs produced by Rene Lalique, and the moulds from which they came, is the quality of the glass itself together with unsurpassed attention to detail. Each and every piece of Lalique moulded glass was (and still is today) finished by hand to remove any moulding lines and to provide each piece with its exceptional finish... This bowl is no exception and its condition is as good as new.

There are no chips, flea-bites, scratch marks or bruising to the glass, and not even the slightest age related wear. It is an absolute gem for your collection. It has a moulded signature central to the inside base: R LALIQUE

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Bowl height/depth: 7.7cms Top diameter: 20.7cms Base diameter: 9cms Postage weight: 2k

Item ID: JJ937

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