C1910 D'Argental French Scenic Cameo Glass Vase with Shepherd Scene 11.75" x 5.5". Incredible complex labor intensive piece of over 100 year old hand engraved art nouvea French cameo glass with no issues or damage whatsoever. St Louis had been and still is one of the great old glass houses of France; they had gone to the Paris exhibition in 1900 expecting to be crowned king of glass, only to be completely out-classed by the cameo glass of the upstart Emile Galle. In the early 1920s they were still trying to get their own back. Paul Nicolas cut a deal with St Louis he would make cameo glass for them using their facilities and then also he could use their facilities to make cameo glass for himself too.
This was before the days of studio art glass if you had a glass kiln you were a major sized business, not a one-man-band. The pieces Nicolas made for St Louis were signed a number of ways, but quite soon they settled on DArgental (the brand name they had established for their own previous, unsuccessful attempts at Cameo glass). Nicolas sneakily added a cross of Lorraine to the mark to indicate when he personally made a piece. When he made Cameo for himself pieces were signed P.Nicolas usually followed by Nancy. Production at St Louis clearly had its limitations, the crystal glass they used, had a more limited colour palate than he was used to at Galle and the extra toughness of the crystal glass meant internal polishing was effectively impossible. But using crystal did mean the cameo and wheel cutting could be much finer. The item "C1910 St Louis D'Argental French Scenic Cameo Glass Vase with Shepherd Scene 11" is in sale since Friday, September 10, 2021.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\French\Other French Art Glass". The seller is "iclawler" and is located in Austin, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.