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


This French Art Deco "Crabe" pâte de verre vide-poche, by Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé, features a hexagonal tray with a lovely crustacean as its centerpiece, replete in all its knobbly details, including deep, rich coloration in hues of red and brown and accents of bright yellow. The crab looks up sedately at the viewer just as its body seems to tense against the the pulling, swirling depths of the pool expertly rendered in the dish.

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Item #: P-18907
Artist: Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé
Country: France
Circa: 1920s
Dimensions: 2" height, 6" width, 6" depth
Materials: Pâte de verre glass 
Signed: "A Walter Nancy" and "Berge"
Literature: Similar vide-poche pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 18, plate 13

The hexagonal form and radiating lines out of the crab's back plant this piece firmly in the Art Deco aesthetic, which is anchored in architectural symmetry, geometry and resoluteness of form.