Designed by Henri Bergé, this is a classic "vide poche" by Amalric Walter. This piece is made of pate de verre and combines a variety of colours extending from teal green to blue and then deep brown with bright yellow. The "vide poche" is adorned with a highly detailed crab resting on an Art Deco style base with a radiating stepped pattern.
Dimensions: Approximately 15.5 cm (8 in) maximum length.
Signature: Moulded "Bergé" and "AWalter Nancy" signatures within the vide poche.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
A Note About the Manufacturer and Artist:
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.