G ARGY ROUSSEAU, PATE DE VERRE "OGIVES" VASE c. 1925, France, blue to clear frosted glass, decorated in the round with columns of stylized floral relief, cast signed, old auction label to underside, 7"h x 4.5"dia
G ARGY ROUSSEAU, ART DECO GLASS HANDLED VASE c. 1920s, France, pate de verre, the double handled vessel decorated with geometric patterns on a mottled purple and white frosted ground, cast signed, white enamel "FRANCE" to underside of foot, 9"h x 8"l x 7"w
G ARGY ROUSSEAU, SPECKLED LEAVES VASE c. 1900, France, pate de verre glass, decorated with raised orange to brown leaves with green speckles, on a mottled frosted white ground, cast signed with indistinct number to underside, 6.5"h x 5"dia
GABRIEL ARGY-ROUSSEAU (1885-1953)
'LE JARDIN DES HESPERIDES' VASE, DESIGNED 1925 pâte de verre, signed G. ARGY-ROUSSEAU/ FRANCE24cm highLiterature: J. Bloch-Dermant, G. Argy-Rousseau: Glassware as Art, London, 1991, fig. 26.01 (similar design illustrated).Note: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau was a technical and artistic innovator whose chosen medium was pâte-de-verre and whose preferred form was hollow wares decorated in low relief. His work is characterised by simplicity and geometry, inspired by nature and ancient Greek design.Argy-Rousseau became fascinated by pâte-de-verre and by 1920 had established his own company – Les Pâte-de-Verre d’Argy Rousseau. His working practise began with drawings from which he made plaster models which he painted with lacquer varnish and then covered in wax. He made sectional moulds secured with cords and the pâte-de-verre was his own formula composed of feldspar, kaolin and boric acid ground into a powder, with metallic oxides being added to provide the colour. The powder was combined with water and applied to the mould with a brush. When dry a coating of tragacanth was painted on to give a extra hardness and the interior was then filled with asbestos to help prevent it from collapsing while in the kiln. No mould could be reused and as a result of the production method each piece was unique, having distinctions in composition, paste and colouration.