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Posted 2 years ago

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This just landed, and it far exceeded my expectations!

Initially I thought this Muller Frères cameo glass and enameled vase depicted a lovely scene of Art Nouveau nymphs frolicking in the forest. As I more closely examined it, I noticed that one of the figures was not a nymph at all, but the Greek mythological character Pan.

In Greek mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, with his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring.

Muller Frères were French glassmakers located in Lunéville, France. They were renowned for producing Art Nouveau glassworks such as vases and lampshades.

The Muller family originally came from Alsace. Some members of the family worked together with Émile Gallé before starting their own business.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    The orange light of the vase too echoes the bonfires of the Gaelic festival of Beltane or Beltaine ... a Spring Frolic.

    By the way does the vase react to black light?
  2. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 2 years ago
    Thanks Thomas, Vetraio and Brunswick.

    Vetraio I tested it with my UV lamp and no reaction whatsoever.
  3. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
    I love the design around the base too!
  4. paris1925 paris1925, 2 years ago
    FANTASTIC VASE-) never see, before it reminds me the burgun & schverer production in meisenthal inpired by walter crane drawings.

  5. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 2 years ago
    Hi paris1925! I agree, and I'd love to find the original source artwork they used to create this.

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