AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PIETRO BIGAGLIA VENETIAN GLASS PERFUME BOTTLE WITH PORTRAIT CANES
PIETRO BIGAGLIA (b 1786 - d 1876) was one of the most famous of the Venetian glass artists working in Murano.
He is credited with inventing the Millefiori glass paperweight, silhouette canes and portrait canes as well as experimenting and perfecting Aventurine glass with gold and copper inclusions.
This perfume bottle is a very rare example of his inventiveness coming to fruition.
The black body has a multicolour casing with coloured ribbons, gold aventurine and very rare multicolour portrait canes.
The ribbed neck is also cased in gold aventurine glass.
This Pietro Bigaglia perfume bottle is exceptional for having no less than eight portrait canes.
These include a portrait of Pope Gregory XVI, a Cardinal, five Dukes, two other nobles and an image of the Rialto Bridge.(Click on the picture to see a detail of some of the portrait canes.)
Height 6 cm. Width 4 cm.
Signature: No signatures other than the portrait canes.
Stock No. P252
A STUNNING AND VERY RARE AMALRIC WALTER PĀTE DE VERRE FLORAL VASE SCULPTED BY HENRI BERGE (Click on the picture for an alternate view.)
A superb and beautiful AMALRIC WATER pate-de-verre vase sculpted by HENRI BERGE and produced during WALTER's 'StudioDays' (1920 -1935) after leaving the DAUM factory and following his years of fighting in the First World War.
The vase is typically bright and vivid polychromatic glass used for a classic BERGE floral design.
This is a charming diminutive sized cabinet vase.
Height: 9.5 cm. Width: 7.5 cm.
Signatures. Signed in the mould, both "A. WALTER NANCY"
and "Berge Sc.".
Stock No. 791
A TRUELY MINIATURE CAMEO GLASS LANDSCAPE VASE BY deVEZ.
We have never seen such a perfect and intricate landscape cameo glass vase as this one by de VEZ.
Produced in his classic colour way of purple cameo glass on a cranberry ground, the image is a delightful miniature landscape with trees.
Height ONLY 3.5 cm Width 1.8 cm
Signature; Script signature "deVez"
in the purple cameo layer to the side of the tree.
Stock Nos. 700
PRICE: £580 (Click on the picture to see the vase in different lighting conditions.)
THE STUNNING AND VERY RARE G. ARGY- ROUSSEAU PĀTE DE VERRE 'GRAPES' VASE of 1926
By 1926 Gabriel Argy-Rousseau's skill with Pāte de Verre was highly developed and his 'Grapes' vase was the epitome of this evolution. The vase when first shown, was hailed at the time by the critics for its stylisation "full of verve and depth".
The pāte de verre vase is moulded with hanging bunches of grapes surround by pendant leaves. The white grapes contrast with the vibrant purples and deep magenta of the leaves on a lovely translucent ground.
This stunning vase dramatically changes colour with the light, appearing quite dark when front lit but beautifully vibrant when lit internally.
Height 9 cms. Width 11.75 cms.
Signature. 'G ARGY- ROUSSEAU' in moulded incised capitals vertically up the side of the vase and 'FRANCE' to the base.
Stock No. P202
PRICE: £5,400 (Click on the picture for a view of the signature.)
A RARE VAL ST LAMBERT CAMEO GLASS LANDSCAPE VASE
A rare Art Deco Val St Lambert cameo glass vase with a river landscape, sailboat and windmill.
The rather naive Val St Lambert
design has a complicated form as the body of the vase is a frosted clear base but the design is executed in three layers of different shades of green with one layer receiving two etching cuts.
Although the Belgium factory of VAL ST LAMBERT is famous for its dramatic overlay glass, opaque cameo glass scenes such as this as very rare.
Height 13cms. Width 10.5cms.
Signature. Ornate "VsL" in cameo glass low to the body.
PRICE: £650(click on picture)
A RARE ART DECO CUT GLASS PERFUME BOTTLE IN THE FORM OF A BUTTERFLY
An original and stunning butterfly form cut glass Art Deco perfume bottle.
The bottle cut in green crystal glass and the stopper formed in contrasting black glass and retaining its original clear glass perfume 'dibber'.
C1930(click on picture)
Signature. Both stopper and bottle unsigned.
Stock No. 439
A DRAMATIC LEGRAS ACID ETCHED AND ENAMELLED ART DECO VASE
This is a stunning example of a popular LEGRAS Art Deco design executed here on a dramatic monumental vase.
The vase has a pale pink body glass suffused in the lower half with white flecks. The vessel has been acid etched with a robust Legras Art Deco flower-head design.
The acid etched design in relief is highlighted with shades of magenta enamel that contrast with the rough acid textured ground of the vase.
Height 23cms. Diameter 17cms.
Signature. 'Legras' acid etched signature in relief and highlighted with pale magenta enamel.
Stock No. 189
A PAIR OF EARLY BACCARAT CAMEO GLASS 'BISTRO' ADVERTISING WARES
A rare pair of Bistro advertising tooth pick holders produced by BACCARAT in acid etched overlay cameo glass.
The clear glass body ground is overlaid with cranberry and acid etched in the typical early Baccarat
style. The background to the cameo glass design has been textured with a 'machine engineering' finish. This technique was also used for many vanity items in the Baccarat
inventory as well as drinking glasses and vases.
Baccarat produced various glass advertising items for bistros and cafes including cruet sets, oil decanters and water carafes. These tooth pick holders were part of a range made to advertise 'GRANDE MARQUE -GRAND NAPOLEON Cognac and Champagne'.
Height 5.5 cms.
Stock Nos. 141 & 142
PRICE: £85 EACH 1 SOLD, 1 AVAILABLE
A STUNNING ART DECO DESIGN DRINKS SET WITH DECANTER AND SIX GLASSES IN OLIVE GREEN GLASS
This is a stunning and dramatic Art Deco drinks set in olive green/grey Czech glass attributed to Moser.
The beautiful geometric forms of the decanter and glasses are hand cut with dimples and bold diagonal lines and the superb set is presented on an original chrome and clear glass tray, the clear glass base with an engraved silvered border line.
The green glass decanter set and chrome and glass tray are the epitome of classic Art Deco design and in near mint condition.
Decanter Height 21.5 cms
Stock No. 751
A STUNNING ART DECO NECKLACE OF WMF MYRA KRYSTAL IRIDESCENT GLASS BEADS WITH CHROME SPACERS
This stunning ART DECO necklace of gorgeous WMF Myra Krystal beads is formed from 15 iridescent beads with chrome bar and ball spacers as well as miniature clear glass beads on a 17.5 inch silver metal chain.
The beads are formed from the typical amber colour glass but the iridescence is a beautiful translucent and subtle blue and gold as opposed to the more common vibrant purple normally associated with Myra beads.
The 15 Myra Krystal beads are of a uniform size of 1 cm. diameter.
Length: 17.5 inches.
Signature: No marks on the glass or chain.
Stock No. 717
PRICE: SOLD(Click on the picture for a view of the necklace on a black ground.)
A STUNNING ART DECO SILVERED PERFUME BOTTLE BY KARL PALDA( Click on the photograph for the complete presentation.)
An extravagant and dramatic Art Deco perfume bottle decorated with hand painted black enamel, frosted glass and electroplated silvering, completed with a hand cut stopper.
The stunning perfume bottle with exquisite enamelled design was created for the Czech glass house of KARL PALDA.
The vessel was initially hand blown and then cut to final shape. It was then hand enamelled and silvered by electroplating in this dramatic Art Deco style.
Stock No. 648
A VERY RARE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN ART DECO MALACHITE VASE FROM THE HENRY SCHLEVOGT 'INGRID' COLLECTION.
A stunning and rare ART DECO vase executed in dramatic "Malachite" glass recorded in the "INGRID" collection of the Schlevogt catalogue.
The "INGRID" collection was named in homage to Henry Schlevog's wife who was also Heinrich Hoffman's daughter, following her death during child birth of a daughter. Many pieces in the Schlevogt "INGRID" collection were originally designed for and produced by Heinrich Hoffman, the moulds only later being acquired by Henry Schlevogt for production in his factory 'Curt Schlevogt'.
We have not been able to ascertain if this vase was originally designed for Hoffman or if it is a design unique to the "INGRID" collection.
The malachite vase was moulded in the REIDEL glass works and hand finished in the CURT SCHLEVOGT factory where it received dramatic hand cutting to the edges and polishing of the design.
The design has two different images on each side.Click on the photograph to see the design on the reverse side.
Height 23 cm. Width 15 cm. Depth 13 cm.
Stock Nos. P210
A SUPERB PAIR OF ART DECO GLASS CANDLE STICKS BY KARL PALDA
A superb pair of Art Deco 'Cubist' inspired glass candle sticks with cut , enamelled and silvered surfaces executed by the Czech studio of Karl Palda.
The sticks which are a proper 'mirrored' pair, were initially hand blown and then cut to these final dramatic shapes. They were then hand enamelled in blue and electroplated with silver in this stunning Art Deco style.
(Although red and black colours appear on the sticks in the photographs, these colours are not on the glass, they are reflections in the silvered parts of the design).
Height 11.25 cm Width 8.5 cm. Depth 4 cm
Stock No. 572
PRICE: SOLDClick on the photograph to view the candle sticks on a white ground.
AN ART DECO PERFUME ATOMISER BY KARL PALDA IN EXCEEDINGLY RARE BLUE GLASS
A dramatic blue glass Art Deco KARL PALDA perfume atomiser with 'scraffito' engraving to the enamel.
The stunning atomiser was initially hand blown and then cut to final shape. The glass was hand engraved, frosted and polished and enamelled is this dramatic Art Deco style and then received further 'scraffito' engraving to the enamel.
Original Chrom fittings with replacement silk and rubber atomiser bulb.
Height 7.5 cm Width 10 cm
Stock No. 654
PRICE: SOLD( Click on the photograph for a companion piece.)
AN EARLY, STUNNING AND RARE G. ARGY- ROUSSEAU PĀTE DE VERRE 'CUP' VASE DEPICTING IVY
A beautifully strong example of an early and rare Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pāte de Verre 'cup' vase in dramatically bold colours depicting Ivy.
This Ivy design is one of Argy-Rousseau's earliest examples of his work in Pāte de Verre, produced in1919.
The pāte de verre vase moulded in relief with deep red browns, black browns and yellow on a ground shading through creams to pale brown.
This stunning vase dramatically changes colour with the light especially when lit internally.
Height 9 cms. Width 11.5 cms.
Signature. 'G ARGY- ROUSSEAU' in moulded incised capitals round the side of the vase and 'FRANCE' to the base.
Stock No. P203
PRICE: SOLD(Click on the picture for a view of the signature.)
A STUNNINGLY DRAMATIC WMF ART NOUVEAU SILVER PLATED PEWTER VASE WITH ORIGINAL GLASS LINER (CLICK ON PHOTO FOR ANOTHER VIEW)
This stunningly dramatic WMF Co. (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau Silver Plated Pewter vase is in superb condition and has its original WMF clear glass liner.
The Silver Plated vase has the wonderful Art Nouveau design of a maiden supporting the vase amongst 'whip lash' foliage and flowers with strong 'whip lash' designed handles. The vase has been lovingly hand polished over the years but displays little softening of the detail. The clear cut glass liner is in perfect condition. This vase is often featured in garniture with the monumental basket also displayed on this page.
The pewter vase bears the WMF 'touch marks' to the base of the WMF logo in a diamond along with 'B' for Britannia metal, 'I/O' for Silver overlay and 'O' for oxidised, all in squares.
Height 36.5 cm
Signature. WMF 'Touch marks' to pewter base.
Stock No. 499
AN ART DECO LAMP BLOWN GLASS FIGURE BY ISTVAN KOMAROMY ~ Often wrongly attributed to Bimini.
This is a fine example of a Bunsen burner lamp blown glass figure of a girl with trumpet by Istvan Komaromy made from Opaque white glass for the figure with black glass trumpet on a Venetian style glass ball base.
These figures were, until recently, attributed to Bimini
, but Bimini's work is more simple in style (or more stylish) and never has the details, such as breasts on the females, that Komaromy
put into his figures.
Komaromy was an Hungarian, born in Germany in 1910. By the age of 20 he had already won gold medals for his work and his exhibit at the 1931 World Fair elicited the praise "the Michelangelo of Glass" from none other than Mussolini.
He visited London in 1935 and was filmed at 'Harrods' making his figures.(click to see film)
He moved to London in 1937, married an English girl, and set up a studio in Croydon in 1939. He continued producing figures until his death in 1976.
pieces are unsigned but later examples are recorded bearing a silver embossed label.(click on picture)
We are constantly sourcing Komaromy and Bimini figures for our clients as this is a strong collecting area. Please contact us if you are looking for similar pieces.
TWO ART DECO STYLE LAMP BLOWN GLASS FIGURES OF NUDE DANCING GIRLS BY ISTVAN KOMAROMY
These are two classic Istvan Komaromy lamp blown figures of deco style nude dancing girls.
The body of each figure is lamp blown in white glass and these are attached to bases of clear blown glass with black and white interior decor.
The figures are displayed on original KOMAROMY publicity literature.
c late 1940's
Heights: Left figure - 18.5cms. Right Figure - 16.5 cms.
Signature. All Komarony figures are unsigned although some may be found with an original silver paper label.
Stock Nos. LEFT 475, RIGHT 474
PRICES: BOTH SOLD
A STUNNING MONUMENTAL AND RARE HAND CARVED AND GILDED HARRACH TUILIP TUBE VASE
This is one of the most dramatic vases illustrating the expertise and skill of the HARRACH hand carvers.
The unusual form of a tall tube vase is created in the classic HARRACH glass decor of clear glass shading to a crimson interior casing at the base. But it is the skill of the hand carver which is much more important in this vase. The whole of the surface of the vase has been carved with tulips and fine grasses but the truly stunning image is the tulip flower emerging from the rim. This not only took immense skill to produce but also luck to survive the 125 years since it was carved.
The carved surface has then been filled with high quality gilding. Looking at the inside of the vase displays this carving and gilding to its best effect.
Stock No. 396
PRICE: SOLD(Click on picture for an image of the interior detail.)
RARE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN ART DECO PERFUME BOTTLES DESIGNED BY HEINRICH HOFFMAN AND CURT SCHLEVOGT FOR THE 'INGRID' COLLECTION
THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN ART DECO PERFUME BOTTLE IN HOLLYWOOD
Heinrich Hoffman and his son-in-law H G Curt Schlevogt were prominent designers and makers of extreme Art Deco vanity glass products in Czechoslovakia with outlets throughout Europe. When Max Factor first imported their perfume bottles to Hollywood in the late 1920's the bottles immediately caught the attention of Cinema Art Directors and it was not long before they began to appear on every stylish Art Deco movie set in Hollywood.
In 1939, MGM released a film called 'The Women' staring Joan Crawford who played a man-chasing, perfume counter shop assistant. The film required a perfume bottle to be the focus of important scenes and the Art Director used an undistributed Schlevogt bottle (coincidentally named 'The Woman' ) from the 'Ingrid' collection to represent the film's fictitious fragrance 'Summer Rain'. The props department produced 'commercial presentations' of the fragrance by adding a plastic umbrella, labels and ribbons to the bottles.
The MGM Studios made gifts of the bottles as publicity for the film and at least two versions of the bottle are known, one a clear glass square and the other a smoky obelisk shape, both with the crystal nude stopper. Unfortunately, there is no record of a complete 'Summer Rain' presentation surviving.
'The Woman' bottle was one of the last Schlevogt designs to come out of Czechoslovakia. When the Germans occupied the country in 1939 the output from the glass houses was greatly reduced and virtually all exports ceased.
'THE WOMEN' MGM 1939
The perfume shop assistant JOAN CRAWFORD displays the fictitious fragrance 'Summer Rain' presentation.
The perfume bottle is the undistributed design 'The Woman' from the 'Ingrid' Collection by Schlevogt.
'THE WOMAN' PERFUME BOTTLE
THE RARE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN ART DECO PERFUME BOTTLE FROM THE 'INGRID' COLLECTION BY CURT SCHLEVOGT
USED IN THE 1939 MGM FILM 'THE WOMEN'.
The bottle is an especially beautiful presentation in black cut glass with a jewelled filigree gilt metal band to the neck. The pre World War II straight mark 'CZECHOSLOVAKIA' is acid etched on the base.
The stopper of clear crystal is a nude female torso form and retains its original glass perfume 'dibber'.
Signature. Acid etched miniature straight mark 'CZECHOSLOVAKIA' to base of bottle.
Stock No. 836
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LONDON BASED ART NOUVEAU AND ART DECO SPECIALIST DEALER OF:
EMILE GALLE, DAUM NANCY, LOETZ, RENE LALIQUE, LUDWIG MOSER,
THOMAS WEBB & SONS, LOUIS C. TIFFANY, WMF,
LEGRAS, FRITZ HECKERT, THERESIENTHAL,
CZECH GLASS, PALDA, HARRACH, HEINRICH HOFFMANN, SCHLEVOGT.