FRENCH ART DECO CARVED & ETCHED GLASS VASE

by Michel-Aristide Colotte (1885-1959)
France, circa 1937


10 ¼" high; 5 ½" wide

This tapering cylindrical vase has a deeply etched spiral.

Colotte was born in Baccarat and joined the Baccarat Glassworks when very young. In 1919 he moved to Nancy and set up his studio there. Working with large and heavy blocks of crystal which were supplied by Baccarat, he would etch and carve out the shape he had designed, attacking the block with hydrofluoric acid and wheel-cutting and grinding tools, achieving a pure transparency of sculpture. Sparkling highlights were achieved by the use of chisel and file. His vases are generally deeply carved and etched, some with geometrical patterns with alternating rough hewn, polished and matt sections. He exhibited at the 1925 Exhibition in Paris and was awarded a gold medal.

Inscribed COLOTTE NANCY PIECE UNIQUE.

Provenance:
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York

Literature:
Mireille Mazet, "A. Colotte: Sculpteur Sur Verre et Sur Crystal", Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1994, pp. 104 & 198.

$35,000 - Inv. #220