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Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé Hexagonal Pâte de Verre Glass Dish


Designed by Henri Bergé and executed by Amalric Walter, this softly hexagonal shallow pâte de verre glass dish is an alluring array of light amber and greenish earthen hues, swirling about the composition to offer the impression of a French Art Nouveau whirling tide. At the center of the dish is an abstracted form of a crab in darkened hues, attached to seaweed that dances around him and up the sides of the dish.

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Item #: P-12718 
Artist: Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé
Country: France
Circa: 1900s 
Dimensions: 1.75" height, 9" width 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass 
Signed: “A Walter Nancy” and “Bergé SC”
Literature: Similar pâte de verre glass tray is pictured in Almaric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford (UK): Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 73, plate 113

Pâte de verre is an exceedingly difficult and demanding form of glassmaking that only master glass artisans readily employ. In fact, the art form was lost for centuries, until the turn of the 20th Century, when its intricacies were rediscovered and put to use to create such beautiful and delicate works as this dish.