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Exceedingly Scarce 1930s Art Deco Opalescent Glass Center Piece Display by S. Reich & Co.
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This Art Deco center piece set is significant. It is the only recorded pattern that was produced using opalescent glass and is therefore recognised as being one of the rarest & desirable center piece pattern displays of its era. Seldom will you find another such as this in its original entirety outside of private hands. It is an absolute sensation.
Numerous factories of the period such as Walther & Sohne, Josef Inwald, Sweig Muller, Jobling and others, each produced sensational examples of centre piece display sets however none of these factories used opalescent glass for any of their examples, which places this piece into a realm of its very own. It was also produced by one of the most important glass factories of the c20th: S. Reich & Co.
Founded in Czechoslovakia in circa 1813 by Samuel Reich, S. Reich & Co, rapidly established themselves to become one of the leading family-run glass factories in Europe.
By the 1920s they were producing some of the most amazing Art Deco glassware of the period, and their opalescent glass in particular is almost second to none in terms of its quality matched with colourisation.
Reich opalescent glass competes with and compares to makers such as R Lalique, Sabino, Etling, Verlys and many more accomplished makers in Europe, and it has its very own unique qualities which are quite frankly sublime. Here is such a piece for your appraisal...
Raised upon a wonderful black glass plinth (which is original & unique to this piece) stands an opalescent glass lady of gracefulness within a beautifully formed opalescent glass bowl. The use of opalescent glass to the lady for example, affords remarkable emphasis to her decorative moulded features throughout...
... She is a glass lady of excellence which displays much movement and eye-catching charm, as my photographs illustrate. She is without any doubt one of the most desirable of all central glass ladies produced by any maker of the period as a center piece display. She is absolutely divine from head to toe and her presence is mesmeric & beguiling, using opalescent glass.
This pattern was also produced by Reich in a variety of glass colour types (please see my photographs) however as can be seen with this example, the qualities of Reich opalescent glass are remarkable, and it is a glass type that possesses richness and a depth of opalescence like no other, particularly its predominance of creamy-blue colour shades, milky-whites and rich golden-amber when lit from behind. The glass is luxurious and exceptionally tactile.
The bowl for example is a fabulous piece of Art Deco design, with continuous bands of zigzags around its circumference, some of which have been moulded with faux frosting. The scalloped top rim of the bowl echoes the base pattern of the flower frog to perfection. The bowl also has a thickly moulded base-rim which fits like hand-into-glove onto the black glass plinth, whilst the inside base of the bowl also has a retaining lip of glass to keep the lady securely displayed.
The lady, just as the bowl, has been matt satin frosted to all surfaces which provides a luxurious finish to the glass. She is integral to the flower-frog and even as a stand-alone piece she is sensational...
Her moulded details are exquisite and brilliantly defined in the round. She is classically dressed with flowing robes which she clings to her body with naturalistic movement. In her hands she holds bouquets of flowers, which have also been meticulously detailed & portrayed. She is quite simply gorgeous and a triumphant accomplishment using opalescent glass
The entire condition of all three pieces is excellent. There are no chips, cracks or damage repairs to the lady. Mentioned here for accuracy, there is one very tiny shell-flake to the base of the plinth, which cannot be seen until held upside-down and as the plinth has 4 moulded glass feet, it does not interfere with the stability of the set. It would prove a difficult task to locate a finer example than this, being offered anywhere outside of private hands...
You will not be disappointed with this remarkable example of Art Deco glass, and as an investment piece it is firmly established & sacrosanct.
Total height: 11 inches Height of lady: 8 inches Bowl diameter: 11 inches Bowl depth/height: 4.25 inches Plinth diameter: 7 inches Plinth height: 2.75 inches Postage weight: *3k 500gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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