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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pâte de Verre "Lions" Glass Vase


“Lions,” pate-de-verre glass vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau in the Art Deco style. The vase depicts a series of three male lions caught mid-hunt and mid-roar against a mottled ground that ranges from pinkish-hued white to deep magenta. The beautifully composed glass vase features velvety, warm red, pink and purple toned swirling desert vegetation, all of which is bowing dynamically to the force of a strong invisible wind.


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Item #: G-20103
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Country: France
Circa: 1926
Dimensions: 8.75" height, 6.25" diameter
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: In the mold "G. ARGY-ROUSSEAU," underbase inscribed "FRANCE"
Literature: A similar Vase is picture in Janine Bloch-Dermant, Les Pâtes de Verre:  G. Argy-Rousseau, Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, pp. 78 and 209, no. 26.08 
Provenance: Property from the Estate of a Private Collector, New York

Although they are somewhat abstracted, the vegetation adorning the desert floor that the lions run on is actually a bed of calla lilies, a flower native to sub-Saharan Africa, much like the lions pictured running above them.