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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pâte-de-Verre "Masques" Night Light

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$13,500

An Art Deco night light made of pâte-de-verre glass by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. Three comedic masks in crimson red hues and cast deep relief decorate the upper band of this oblong lamp, while the smoky bottom sections featured water-color like splotches of ashy grey and deep umber and reddish colorations. Separating the work into segments are thick bands in dark grey with simple patterning in a "zig-zag" motif, an exciting counterbalance to the rigid striations that make up the ornament on the lower two tiers of the lamp's shade. 

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Item #: EL-20143
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Circa: 1923
Country: France
Dimensions: 5.5" height, 4.5" diameter 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: “G. Argy-Rousseau” and “France”
Literature: Similar lamp pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, J. Bloch-Dermont, Paris, 1990, p. 100 and p. 192 , no. 23.12

An incredibly exciting composition given the dimensions, Argy-Rousseau is perhaps revisiting one of his favorite muses, Ancient Greek culture, in his inclusion of the traditional "comedic" masks.
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