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Amalric Walter "Lizard" Pâte de Verre Vide-Poche Glass Dish


This French pâte de verre vide-poche, by Amalric Walter, features a predominantly canary yellow shallow dish, circular in shape with a rim of varying height, with a sunbathing lizard, executed in exquisite detail with naturalistic texturing and poised countenance, at the highest point of the dish rim. The lizard looks upward invitingly at the viewer as his body encircles the dish, though he body seems tersed, poised to run, his expressive features suggest that he is, in fact, quiet interested in his view.

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Item #: P-18906
Artist: Amalric Walter
Circa: 1920s
Dimensions: 2.75" height, 4.25" diameter 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: "A Walter Nancy"
Literature: Similar vide-poche pictured in Amalric Walter (1870-1959), by Keith Cummings, Kingswinford: Broadfield House Glass Museum, 2006, p. 19, plate 16

Pâte de verre is one of the most technical and most revered forms of glassmaking. 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.