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A. Walter Nancy, France - Pate De Verre ** Amazing Lizard Sculpture Paperweight For Sale
A. Walter of Nancy, France (1869-1959).
Pate de verre LIZARD. Walter was a master of the lost art of pate de verre, an
art form where “glass paste” in a variety of colors is directed into a mold
which is often first spot filled with a variety of colored glass pastes. The
result can be exquisite, as in this example. Walter was one of the first to
experiment with this technique in the modern era. The technique dates to
ancient Egypt. Walter worked at the famous Daum glassworks in Nancy as their
pate de verre expert up to the start of World War One when the Daum works
closed for the duration. Walter joined the army. After the war, with Alsace
Lorraine now repatriated to France, Walter established his own glass works
using the signature “A Walter Nancy”. This
beautiful lizard is 100% glass. The piece is signed “A. Walter Nancy” and
“Berge”. Nancy is the city in Lorraine France (at times Germany) where Walter
lived. Henri Berge (1870-1937) was a famous French sculptor. The detail of this
piece is extraordinary. I took a number of close-up pictures to show the
exquisite detail in this piece. It stands 3 7/16 inches tall and the base is about
2.5 by 2.5 inches. The lizard measures 3 5/8 inches from the tip of the nose to
the bend in the tail. If the tail were straight, the lizard would be about 8 inches
long. Condition is excellent with no chips, breaks, fractures, repairs, and just
slight shelf wear. You will have a hard time finding a more detailed and perfect
pate de verre sculpture. It is a masterpiece.
On Jun-23-13 at 14:16:34 PDT, seller added the following information:
After being correctly informed that the signatures were hard to see, I added the last two pictures. I placed the light to the side so there is now some shadow relief. I hope this helps.
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A. Walter Nancy, France - Pate De Verre ** Amazing Lizard Sculpture Paperweight: $978