Antique Verlys Art Deco Crystal Glass Vase Summer Winter Figural Carl Schmitz
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Antique Verlys Art Deco Crystal Glass Vase Summer Winter Figural Carl Schmitz:
This striking vase was made by the Verlys of America in the 1940s. One side of the vase has a figure of a woman bundled up with a scarf and mittens warming her hands over a blazing fire. Smoke billows up from the fire while a cold winter wind blows the woman’s hair, whipping the locks out to mimic the tongues of flame roaring up from the fire. The opposite side of the vase has a woman wearing a sleeveless dress seated in the fork of a tree, reaching out her hand to pluck a piece of fruit. In contrast with the winter figure, summer is the picture of ease. Her posture is relaxed, her hair flows down her back in the still summer air, and the peaches on the tree only require a lift of her hand to pick one. I believe this piece was designed by the artist Carl Schmitz.
The flaring geometric shape of the vase with its thick base gives the piece a monumental feel. The high relief decoration with human figures used to represent the seasons has a neoclassical style. Though the lack of modeling in the figures combined with the geometric quality of the decoration also demonstrates the art deco aesthetic.
The vase appears to be made from leaded glass and it is wonderfully finished. The figures were frosted with acid etching so that they contrast beautifully with the highly polished glass of the vase. The matte finish also creates a surface to catch the light to give the figures a sense of volume and dimension that a smooth finish would not. The bottom and the rim were cut and chamfered, a nice detail that shows the high level of craft involved in the production of the piece.
The vase is signed on the bottom with a diamond point,
Verlys and 1940. The piece measures just under 8 ¼” tall and 5 1/8” in
diameter. It is in very good condition
for its age. There are a few scattered surface scratches and the bottom shows
normal shelf wear.