FRENCH ART DECO CARVED & ETCHED CRYSTAL VASE

by Michel-Aristide Colotte (1885-1959)
France, circa 1927


13 1/2" high; 14 1/8" high on marble base; 6" wide

This cylindrical vase has a deeply etched geometric design. It sits on a black marble base. The vase and base are cracked.

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.

Literature:
Mireille Mazet, "A. Colotte: Sculpteur Sur Verre et Sur Crystal", Les Editions de L'Amateur, Paris, 1994, p. 177 similar vase illustrated.

$3,000 - Inv. #1014