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Ernest Leveillé Wheel-Carved Serpents Cameo Glass Vase


This cameo glass vase, by Ernest Leveillé for Escalier de Cristal, features two wheel-carved red serpents in high relief intertwined around the outer surface. The Art Nouveau serpents meet with animated expressions at the center of the composition, their eyes wide and their mouth agape showing hissing tongues. Their bodies coil around a vase of similar, but brightened earthen tones that run in painterly striations down the piece vertically. The background glass has a moss-like texture that appears trapped within the vessel. The piece is completed with a gilt bronze base.

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Item #: G-16812
Artist: Ernest Leveillé for Escalier de Cristal, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 10" height, 4" diameter
Materials: Glass, Gilt bronze (base only)
Signed: "Escalier de Cristal, Paris"

The style of the background glass is the same as in many of his sophisticated pieces and the technique is the same as in many of his hand carved (wheel-carved) glass vases. The vase was retailed by Escalier de Cristal of Paris, one of the great proponents of Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century.