Here is a rare art deco vase by Verlys believed to be of American production. This flared vase in clear glass is mounted on a heavy square base. The vase is cut and acid etched with a wonderful geometric pattern which was subsequently stained in a deep sepia almost copper tone.
Dimensions: Approximately 20 cm (7 ¾ in) tall.
Signature: "Verlys" script on the base.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. Wear consistent with age.
A Note About the Manufacturer:
Many of the Verlys distinctively art deco patterns are often confused in terms of their country of origin. Originally French, many of these were never produced in the United States and their quality and design compare with Lalique.
Verlys glass originated in France in 1931 as part of the Societé Anonyme Holophane Les Andelys. Verlys of America was established in 1935 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Holophane Lighting Company, Inc, located in Newark, Ohio. This glassware was produced from 1935 to1951.
Verlys of America purchased molds from Holophane in France. The signatures applied to these pieces indicate which company produced them. Verlys of America was the only company to pen etch their signature. Some were also signed in the mold, but Verlys only. The French Verlys was always signed in the mold, in one of three ways, "A Verlys France", "Verlys France", or Verlys Made in France".
Verlys of America ceased operations in 1951.
In June of 1955, A. H. Heisey Company leased some of the molds from Verlys of America. They were: Wild Duck Bowl, Rose Bowl, Chrysanthemum Bowl, Gems Vase, Water Lily Bowl, Pine Cone Bowl, Tassel Bowl, and Thistle Bowl. Heisey also produced in crystal etched only: Mandarin Vase, Cupidon Bowl, Flowers Bowl, Mon Sacre' Bowl, Poppy Bowl, Seasons Vases, Love Bird Vase, and Mont Sacr'e Plate. Heisey used these molds for about 2 years, and then returned the molds to Verlys of America in 1957. None of the Verlys mold pieces were signed by Heisey.
The Fenton Art Glass Company bought all of the American Verlys Molds in 1966, and all of the pieces from these molds are signed or labelled Fenton.