1930s French Art Deco Press Moulded Crystal Glass Vase by Verlux - Etling


There are several schools of thought about the glass produced by Verlux. In later years the factory became associated with the production of glass for culinary use as well as jars & bottles for the food industry, trading as BSN (Boussois Souchon Neuvesel). Prior to this however, accurate information has yet to be firmly established, but it is believed that Verlux was a second signature used by Etling, to compete with the success of Verlys, during the Art Deco period in France.

Etling and also Sabino, were very aware of the incredible glass being made by Verlys. They had good reason to be, as 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 Etling had not marketed under Verlux, then they could have quite quickly fallen from popularity, long before they did. France itself was the main market place for Etling glass items and the general public could associate the `Ver' (of Verlux, Vernox and Verlys) with `Verre' which is the French word for Glass. This subtle alteration of a signature made by Etling, undoubtedly produced more sales during the 1930s.

This particular listing is of a fabulous example of French Art Deco glass which carries the Verlux signature. I have only seen examples of this vase using either clear crystal (such as with this piece) or opalescent. Lamps were also produced using opalescent glass by Verlux for Etling, and in this same pattern, but as yet no other glass colours have appeared.

It is a large sized piece of quality French crystal, with a height of 9.75 inches and a top diameter of 7 inches, and it has been beautifully moulded with 3 pairs of stylized Asian Paradise Flycatcher birds, in thickly raised relief. The interior of the vase is smooth which would indicate that the glass was not blown into its mould, but was pressed into a spring releasing mould. The bodies of the birds are a good 1 inch thick and their head crests, wings and their tail feathers have all been crisply defined with detail. Even their claws and facial expressions have been afforded with the same degrees of detailing.

Further visual height & depth to the vase has been created by the additional moulding of a circular branch midway upon its exterior, which also acts as a roost for the birds to perch upon. This is a thoughtful design as it allows for the wings and the tails of each bird to be displayed in a more natural way against the body of the vase, behind their perch. Each bird is set within its own vertical panel. These panels extend from the top of the vase to the base to create even more eye catching appeal, whilst also complimenting the stepped scallop shaped base to perfection... The result is truly superb and the entire vase is a joy to behold.

CONDITION REPORT: There are no cracks, chips or flea-bites to this piece. It is in as good as new mint condition for your collection and a very wise investment indeed at this 'Give-Away' price.

It is maker marked to its base in moulded cursive script: Verlux

Height: 9.75 inches Top diameter: 7 inches Base diameter: 4 inches Postage weight: *3k *Postage discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request

Item ID: JJ996

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