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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pâte-de-Verre "Chevrefeuille" Night Light


The "Chevrefeuille" or "Honeysuckle" nightlight in pâte de verre glass by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau is an exceptional example of the great glass master's lit works. Unlike its smaller counterparts this multi-faceted work is vertically oriented and features an exciting, textured metalwork base supporting the shade. The conical form of the shade is decorated in exciting relief with a graduating scalloped patterning that serves as frames for intricate and highly stylized individual motifs. The entire shade is executed in hues of bright crimson, plum purple and electric pink and features a repeating pattern of abstracted flower-forms in the shape of pinwheels interspersed with highly geometric upward point "leaves."

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Item #: EL-20320
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Circa: 1927
Country: France
Dimensions: 11.75" height, 4" diameter 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: impressed “G. Argy-Rousseau” and “France”
Literature: Similar lamp is pictured in G. Argy-Rousseau: Glassware as Art by Janine Bloch-Dermant, (plate 27.34)

It was a commonly held belief in Victorian times that if one slept with a honeysuckle under their pillow they would dream of their true love. The dynamic patterning on this shade certainly suggests an amorous dreamscape, with romantic coloration and exuberant naturalistic motifs it is a piece that clearly celebrates (and inspires!) love.