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Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé Chameleon Pâte de Verre Glass Paperweight


This charming French pâte de verre paperweight from the 1920s, by Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé, features a small chameleon of beautiful coloration and texture with studied countenance. The intricately textured deep blue chameleon at the heart of this composition is accented with bright, rich blue streaks and a complex patterning of vibrant greenish-blue spots. The reptile sits perched on a greenish-brown, weather-beaten rock.

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Item #: P-19177
Artist: Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé
Country: France
Circa: 1920s
Dimensions: 3" height, 3.25" diameter 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass 
Signed: "A. Walter Nancy" and "Bergé SC"
Literature: Similar glass paperweight pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 19, cat. no. 16c

Pâte de verre is one of the most technical and most revered forms of glass making. The technology to create pâte de verre glass was lost for many centuries, only to be revived around the beginnings of the careers of such master glass artists as Amalric Walter.