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    Posted 11 years ago

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    The maker of this vase has been a mistery for a long time, it is signed on the underside. Perhaps someone recognizes the signature.

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    1. Spackova Spackova, 11 years ago
      Found it! The signature belongs to 'J.D.Imberton'. His style of enamelling - in the Persian manner - is similar to that of Philippe-Joseph Brocard. He exhibited in the Paris Exposition of 1887.
    2. vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Hey! Well done Spackova!
      He worked at the decorating company of Bucan and Duponthieu from 1882, and designed for Appert Frères in Clichy. His style of enamelling - in the Persian manner - is very similar to that of the better-known Philippe-Joseph Brocard, who also exhibited in Paris at the expositions and was a great influence on the young Emile Gallé.

      He exhibited extensively:
      Exposition Universelle de 1878 à Paris (Médaille d'Or)
      L'Exposition Universelle de 1884 à Amsterdam (Médaille d'Or)
      L'Exposition Universelle de 1888 à Bruxelles (Diplôme d'Honneur)
      L'Exposition Universelle de 1888 à Barcelonne (Médaille d'Or)

      Check out an example at the Corning Corning Museum of Glass (Inv. 2006-3-6)

      Little is known in English about him but if your French is Ok then check this site out for some examples and details. (You can also use Google tranlate if needed.)

      This site also has an extensive bibliography for further research.
    3. Spackova Spackova, 11 years ago
      Thank you Vetraio for the additional info. The funny thing is that I found by accident while researching something else!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Hi again!
      I have just had a look at the Corning Museum site and in their collection are two objects that attribute to J Philippe Imberton and J Philip Imberton.

      So you might have a look at the signature again.
      Sotheby's and Bonhams both has the name as J.D. Imberton.
      The Corning Museum has J. P. Imberton and they quote two spellings of Philip, the French version Philippe and the English Philip.
      When I googled the new spellings I came up with Joseph Philippe Imberton.

      I also saw in Giuseppe Cappa's book "Le génie verrier de l'Europe: témoignages : de l'historicisme à la modernité" on page 284 a goblet by Philippe J. Imberton.
      he mentions about his use of a rare turquoise enamel that he used.

      And at a French auction site they refer to a "Lot 81 : *CLICHY, APPERT frères, émaillé par J.B. IMBERTON"

      The plot thickens!

      In the Carolus Hartmann's Glasmarken-Lexikon he is shown as Imberton, J. Philippe ( 535, 653).

      The French Ministry of Culture has a citation for him as "Imberton, J. Philippe" They also add his address Paris (75), 19 rue de Rochechouart and a comment "actif de 1878 à 1889 ; Expo. U. 1889 " his occupation: "peintre-verrier ".

      I've had another look at the signature and I think your wonderful vase has a signature that could either be J.D. or J.P.. No wonder there are different readings of it. Is it a D, a B or a P. I'm no expert on French handwriting styles of that period, buy I think a P is definitely a possibility.

    5. Spackova Spackova, 11 years ago
      Fascinating! It looks like a D but most records point to a P. It's probably a P with a very short bottom stroke. Amazing how a whole word opens up with just a name. There is an entire Imberton set right now on ebay , to see it search for Item number: 390333800697 or simply : Imberton

    6. Spackova Spackova, 11 years ago
      Funny how Brocard's Christian names are Philippe-Joseph and Imberton's Joseph-Philippe! Perhaps that adds to the confusion.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Hi! I saw the set on ebay, but had not looked at the signature on it.
      The set on ebay is to die for! But well beyond what I can afford!
      The seller has used J.D. as their reading of it or has referred to the Sotheby's/Bonham's descriptions for their version.
      If you look at the signature they provide from the compote, it is the same as yours. However it can also be seen as a 'P', I think as well. I think it has to do with the style of cursive writing.
      I've had a quick look on the net for French cursive styles and I think that it is interesting to check the capital P on this page:
      This is the ‘P’ you are looking for!
      The dot to the right of the down stroke is the curve of the capital ‘P’.
      The mark is hand-painted and is not ‘mechanically’ printed’. Sotheby’s/Bonham’s saw it as a ‘D’ because they were reading it in an English manner rather than a French way. No wonder there are so many variants on reading hand-written signatures when the experts get it wrong!

    8. Spackova Spackova, 11 years ago
      Amazing! We'll know better when trying to descipher signatures from know on. Thank you Vetraio50!
    9. badrildeen, 11 years ago
      hi this is realy nice...we had found in a cave in lebanon amazing glass arts
      u can go youtube and see them search badran106 and link....
    10. Budek Budek, 11 years ago
      Dobry Vecer, Spackova,
      To je moc krasny! What a precious thing it is,...............I love it!

      Thanks for posting.
    11. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 years ago
      really extraordinary enamell

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