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Amalric Walter Small "Crabe" Pâte de Verre Vide-Poche Glass Dish


This French "Crabe" pâte de verre vide-poche dish, by Amalric Walter, hosts a heart-shaped catchall dish which features an expertly rendered young crab in deep reddish-brownish coloring and with yellow accenting on its back seemingly being pulled into the greenish-bluish swirling sea below him. The coloring of the crab bleeds into the center "pool" of the dish, intensifying the sense of movement and the relationship between creature and element in the vide-poche.


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Item #: P-17768
Artist: Amalric Walter
Circa: 1920
Dimensions: 2.5" height, 6.25" width, 6.5" depth
Materials: Glass
Literature: Similar vide-poche is pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 18, cat. no. 15

Pâte de verre material produced by grinding glass into a fine powder, adding a binder to create a paste, and adding a fluxing medium to facilitate melting. The paste is brushed or tamped into a mold, dried, and fused by firing, meaning this is not only one of the most technically difficult manners in which to create glass objects.