FRENCH ART DECO CARVED & ETCHED GLASS SCULPTURE

by Michel-Aristide Colotte (1885-1959)
France, 1930


16" high; 20" wide

This sculpture is composed of three conjoined sections of clear carved, acid-etched and sand-blasted glass in the form of a stylized fish with geometric devices, fitting on a cast bronze 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 1930.

Provenance:
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York
Bob Gingold, New York

Exhibited:
Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, Paris, 1930, cat. p.93
Coloniale Internationale, Paris, 1931, cat. no. 663
Biennale, Venice, 1932, cat. p. 190, no. 116

Literature:
Mireille Mazet, "A. Colotte Sculpteur sur Verre et sur Cristal", Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1994, pp. 57 and 211.

$60,000 - Inv. #96