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Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé "Crabe" Pâte de Verre Glass Paperweight


This "Crabe," or "Crab," pâte de verre glass paperweight, by Amalric Walter and Henri Bergé, is decorated with a relief of a reddish-brown crab poised upon a bright contrast of green and yellow algae. The charming creature, who looks upward upon the viewer in a benign, friendly manner, is expertly rendered in the deepest reds, tinged with brownish hues and accented with lovely yellow to liven his knobbly frame. The small eddy, the swell of algae green water upon which he sits, is wonderfully shaped and elevated, to give the lovely crustacean a substantial perch.


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Item #: P-18417
Artist: Amalric Walter, Henri Bergé 
Circa: 1920
Dimensions: 2.25" height, 3" width, 2.75" depth
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: ''A WALTER NANCY and hBErgE SC''
Literature: Similar paperweight pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 43, cat. no. 63b

Amalric Walter worked for the Cristalleries Daum in Nancy, France, from 1904 or 1905, where he stayed until the first World War in 1915. It was during this time when he met designer/modelist, Henri Bergé, with whom he made pâtes de verre objects, always signed "Daum Nancy," without his name nor Bergé's name. They later continued their collaboration after Walter opened his own glass studio in 1919, producing models such at this petite "Crabe" paperweight.