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This month we're highlighting a lovely Monumental French Glass Vase D'Avsen with Birds.
It’s a large, impressive, and complicated design executed of molded and acid-etched black/red glass. The workmanship is stunning, with frolicking birds in foliage. It also helps that this vase is in MINT condition. And the scale? Superb. The vase is 30” in diameter!
The vase is made by a much rarer manufactor than Lalique. Pierre D’Avsen was a designer at Lalique and other rival companies such as Daum and Sevres. D'Avesn designed some of Lalique's most well-known pieces including the "Serpent" and "Tourbillon" lines. He then outgrew working for others and opened his own studio and designed and manufactured exquisite glass pieces.
This piece comes from Bond and Bowery dealer Art Deco Collection.com from San Francisco. It has a solid provenance from Sotheby's Auction of Applied Arts in 1991. It was made by the similar techniques of Lalique and the other glass masters of the period, but by a more rarified and prized craftsman working in the 1930s.
This vase would be best placed on a table, filled with flowers or just sitting in a well-lit cabinet with other deco glass collections. It's fragile and should be handled with care, yet one shouldn't be afraid to actually use such a beautiful piece as long as it's not in harm's way.
Here's an opportunity to own an uncommon and undervalued piece of quintessential French Art Deco glass.
For a discussion about some other great pieces, please see my Fine Collectibles interview with Design2Share.