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Superb 1930s French Art Deco Opalescent Glass 12 inch Shallow Bowl
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The opalescent glass which was produced in France during the 1930's Art Deco period,is unarguably the finest of its type in terms of both quality & style. Numerous glass factories of distinguished acclaim each used this glass type to perfection. Rene Lalique, Etling, Verlys, Sabino, d'Avesn and Hunebelle, for example each contributed to this outstanding glass type, seldom matched or surpassed and this large shallow bowl is no exception.
Its factual maker is unknown however it is a documented pattern type and was produced in France during the 1930s. The pattern also bears the same characteristic molded mark to the underside center: MADE IN FRANCE however most scholar of thought attributes this bowl as being by d'Avesn,and what a fantastic bowl type it truly is.
Unlike the opalescent glass of Sabino for example, these shallow bowl patterns use a predominance of blue-opalescence,over golden-hues throughout the glass to achieve their wonderful milky-colour.
Each factory used and adapted their own unique mixtures to obtain this beautiful glass type,which typically for all contained high proportions of white arsenic,and by using slower cooling methods to the thicker areas of the mouldings,the opalescent qualities were achieved.
This wonderful example is profusely molded to its underside surface with stylized chrysanthemum flowers and larger round floral motifs set among crisply defined foliage, all of which are depicted in high raised relief and or intaglio. It is beautiful piece of exceptional quality as I am sure that my photographs can demonstrate.
Three small molded leaves form a tripod of feet to the bowl,which raises it to provide light penetration and refraction which in turn provides marvelous optic effects to the glass when viewed from above.
Typically also for most of these French Art Deco bowls,the interior has been highly fire polished to obtain a high glossy finish which complements the molded patterns beneath to perfection.
It is a good sized example at 12.25 inches in diameter, and except for the smallest shell-flake nick to its top rim (which can be felt, rather than seen) it is a gem of a piece for your collection, which are becoming increasingly scarce.
Diameter: 12.25 inches Depth/height: 2 inches Postage weight: *4k *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
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