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Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé "Flying Fish" Pâte de Verre Vide-Poche Glass Dish


A ravishing compromise between the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, this hexagonal pâte de verre vide poche by Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé features a strong architectural shape softened by a lush vortex of pastel colors. A flying fish with raised spine and rigid ribbing on its splayed fins swims languidly through a shallow pool of aqua ripples and speckled kelly green kelp, its body twisting into a serpentine "S," perfectly filling the space within the hexagonal form.


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Item #: P-20232
Artist: Amalric Walter, Henri Bergé
Country: France
Circa: 1920
Size: 1.25" height, 7.75" width, 7.25" depth
Materials: Glass
Literature:  A similar vide-poche is pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 44, cat. no. 66

The pâte de verre technique is an ancient form of kiln casting, used since the time of the Egyptians, and literally translates to "paste of glass," reflecting the process through which it is made.