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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pâte de Verre "Lions" Glass Vase


This French Art Nouveau pâte de verre "Lions" glass vase, by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, depicts a series of three roaring, mottled brown lions in various stages of the hunt against a mottled cream ground. The beautifully composed glass vase features velvety beige-, red-, and brownish-hued swirling desert vegetation, all of which is bowing dynamically to the force of a strong invisible wind.

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Item #: G-18651
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Country: France
Circa: 1926
Dimensions: 10" height, 6.5" diameter
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: In the mold "G. ARGY-ROUSSEAU," underbase inscribed "FRANCE"
Literature: Vase pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre, Catalogue Raisonne, G. Argy-Rousseau, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, p. 78 and p. 209, cat. no. 26.08

Although they are somewhat abstracted, the vegetation adorning the desert floor that the lions run on is actually a bed of calla lilies, a flower native to sub-Saharan Africa, much like the lions pictured running above them.