This is a beautiful and large pâtes de verre figurine designed by Finot for Amalric Walter c. 1920. This large piece depicts a veiled woman her right hand leading to her chin with one finger on her lips seeming to beckon silence. The base of the piece is a marble like colour resulting from a deep dark green striated with the bright yellow-orange that is used in the rest of the sculpture.
Dimensions: Approximately 25.4 cm (10 in) height.
Signature: "A Walter Nancy" inscribed on one side of the base and "A Finot" on the other.
Condition: Regrettably this piece did suffer some damage and was professionally restored. The fracture extends from the front bottom of the piece to about one third its height. The restoration is very good and the break hardly noticeable, but fracture lines can still be seen (see photo).
A Note About the Manufacturer:
Amalric Walter is known as one of the most prolific glass artist working with pâtes de verre at the turn of the 20th century.
Amalric Walter (1870-1959) was a student of the Ecole de Sèvres. He first showed his pâtes de verre in 1903 at the Salon des Artistes Français. His first works, modeled after various sculptures, were first noted by the brothers Daum, In fact, by 1906, the Daum brothers provided an atelier for Walter in Nancy. The first models were principally provided by Henri Bergé, Daum's chief designer. Basing many of his designs first on prominent sculptures then on nature (primarily small animals such as scarabs, crabs, beetles, or crayfish), Walter produced over 100 models for Daum by 1915.
Following the war of 1914-1918, Walter installed himself in Nancy in his own independent shop. There he took up much of the same work he was conducting for Daum, Bergé continued to work with him and many other artists soon joined, including: Mercier, Corette, Lejan and Houillon amongst others.
By 1930, pâtes de verre started to go out of fashion and Walter quickly had to reduce the size of his studio. His moulds were combined by a local smith with others from faltering glass manufacturers of the region in order to continue limited production under Walter's supervision.