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An outstanding vase of Eugene Rousseau, the pioneer of Art Nouveau

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    Posted 3 years ago

    kairomalte
    (55 items)

    This is one of the very first 'Art Nouveau' vases ever made, designed by Eugene Rousseau under the influence of Japanese art. The thickwalled vase was manufactured by the new patented method of blowing glass using air pressure by Appert Freres, Paris in 1878. The shape of this model 'Vase plat a tete de chimere' is similar to other chinese 4-edged metal vessels. The attached head of a chimere is accentuated by an underlayed gold foil, but actually it resembles the face of a sino-japanese lion. The vase is deeply cut into a light honey-yellow rock crystal glass and then finer decorated by intaglio, it shows an underwater scene of a fish swimming within plants and rocks. From the top there is a tapestry hanging down with the décor 'Peau de lion' a Japanese allegory of a lion fleece. The cutting was made by the young and later famous Eugene Michel. On the backside there is an amoeba like under water animal. This vase belonged to a small 'Luxury Series' and up to now there is only one mirror image vase known belonging to the 'Collection Gerda Koepff'' exhibited in the 'Glasmuseum Hentrich' at Duesseldorf, Germany. The metal moulds were handled over 1885 by Rousseau to Leveille and were lateron more often used, but never with a cut décor. A much more detailed description of this vase is given in the excellent book 'Glas des Art Nouveau' by Helmut Ricke and Gerda Koepff, Prestel 1998.

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    Comments

    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 years ago
      Kai this piece just blows me away such a beautifully executed piece so thoughtful of you for sharing
    2. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Gulp.
      Sigh.....
    3. kairomalte, 3 years ago
      Thank you all for your kind loves,
      Hi Malkey, Hi racer4four, I was similarly impressed when I saw this vase for the 1.st time being offered at ebay and I wanted to to have it in any case, though it was missing one 'lions head', but this didn't bother me at all, as it is still a rare historically important item.
    4. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 3 years ago
      What a beautiful and interesting piece. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      It is magnificent! Well done you.
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      exquisite!
    7. kairomalte, 3 years ago
      I would like to thank you all for your kind comments and loves.
    8. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 months ago
      uahu so beatiful and also very interesting

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