FRENCH ART DECO CARVED & ETCHED GLASS VASE ON BASE

by Michel-Aristide Colotte (1885-1959)
France, circa 1935


7 1/8" high; 10" wide; 6 ¾ long

This vase has a centered geometric motif with etched glass handles on an octagonal base.

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:
Dallas Boesendahl, New York

Literature:
Mireille Mazet, "A. Colotte: Sculpteur Sur Verre et Sur Crystal", Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1994, p. 159 for a similar vase.

$10,000 - Inv. #223