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


This French Art Nouveau pâte de verre "Langouste" vide-poche, by Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé, is an enchanting, oblong dish captures not only the beauty of the famed French spiny lobster, but also the wonder of him interacting with his environment. In this expertly rendered composition, Walter and Bergé manage to depict with stunning accuracy and wonderful emotion the struggle of a small crustacean against a powerful tide. The swirling richly colored dish can easily be seen a deep tide, against which the expressively postured lobster, in his resolute stance seems to fight. An all-together charming composition to have been executed on such a reasonable scale, this object proves the mastery of those who made it.


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Item #: P-18459
Artist: Amalric Walter, Henri Bergé
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 1" height, 4" width, 6.75" depth 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: "A Walter Nancy, Bergé Sc"
Literature: Similar vide-poche pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 24, cat. no. 28b

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.