At an incredible 45cms (17.75 inches) in diameter, this is undoubtedly one of the largest Art Deco glass bowls by any maker of the period, and the maker of this piece was inarguably one of the finest of them all: Pierre d'Avesn.
D'Avesn's accomplishments were extraordinary. He did not just contribute to the glass-making world, he was instrumental to its development during the period of Art Deco. At aged 14 years he was employed by Rene Lalique, and went onto design many desirable Lalique patterns. His skills as a master craftsman continued to flourish, as by aged 29 years he was Manager & principal designer at `Daum Freres' at their Croismare glassworks in Luneville in France, where he remained until c1936. One year later he took over the Management of `Verlys' until the outbreak of WWII c1940 and still aged just 39 years... This man was a genius as is evident by the incredible works he left behind, not only for other glass factories but also as a freelance at Cristallerie de Choisy-le-Roi (Sèvres).
To produce a piece of this size is incredibly challenging, even today, and very few examples of this pattern are known to exist. I have added a photograph of a smaller glass bowl by d'Avesn to illustrate the huge proportions of this piece, and nothing can quite prepare you for its presence.
There are eight very large stylized palm leaves which have been moulded to the underside of the bowl, to provide a pattern with absolute precision and crisply defined detailing. The mouldings have also been matt-satin frosted to give a luxurious finish to the glass. The bowl is relatively shallow at 2.75 inches however the base diameter of 6.5 inches raises the piece from a surface to provide a good depth whilst also allowing for optimum light penetration from beneath. It is an incredible work of art...
As one expects from a signed d'Avesn piece, any moulding lines have been removed by polishing, as he was a perfectionist and no expense was spared to create this piece. It would have been a very costly item at time of manufacture during the 1930s.
The glass uses one of d'Avesn's much favoured colour types: Smoky Amber (topaz)
The manufacturing process to produce this piece would have required extreme pressure to the molten glass, which has resulted in leaving three tiny internal air bubbles to the glass however they do not detract and are mentioned here for accuracy of description. There is also a tiny shell-flake flea-bite (smaller than a baby's fingernail) to the outside edge, which again does not detract from the splendour of this magnificent example of quality French Art Deco glass...
The bowl is fully signed to its base in moulded block capitals: D'AVESN FRANCE
Diameter: 17.75 inches – 45cms Height/depth: 2.75 inches – 7cms Base diameter: 6.5 inches – 16.5cms Postage weight: *5k 300gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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