This stunning original D'Argenthal French Cameo Art Glass vase has a spherical shaped and was cut from three layers of glass, c. 1920. The unusual coloration features a lime green ground overlaid in a light brown with the third layer being olive green. The
vase has a "fire polish" which gives the top layer of glass a polished appearance. The design is a very natural pine cone and needle pattern. Signed with cameo signature "D'Argenthal" with the cross of Lorraine.
Dimensions: 9" high with a 6" maximum diameter, a 1 3/8" diameter mouth and a 3 3/8" diameter base.
Condition: Vase is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws and reflecting only minimal signs of normal wear.
Background: As a young man, Paul Nicolas studied at the decoration studio of the crystal manufacturer Saint-Louis. In 1893, on his 18th birthday, Emile Galle asked Nicolas to come work for him. When Galle died in 1904, Nicholas continued to work for the Galle Company which was now in the charge of Galle's widow. After participating in the Exhibition of 1908 in Strasbourg, Nicholas began to create items under his own name. He did this for a short period at the School of Nancy producing glass in the style of Galle. After 1918, Nicholas again worked for the Saint-Louis Factory creating objects that he signed "D'Argenthal". Cameo glass with the "D'Argenthal" signature is very similar to that produced at Nancy and this glass is considered to be at the top of this art glass category.