French Art Glass: D’Argental, Legras, Raspillar, Pantin, Clichy, and more

PW2547. D’Argental c. 1919-1925 3 5/8 inch tall etched, carved, and wheel-polished floral Museum Piece Vase. It is simply elegant how the powerful blossoms sand out against the golden amber sky. No chip, damage, or repair. The base shows minimal wear. Signed D’Argental. This was the signature used by Paul Nicholas, former chief designer at Galle, when he worked at Saint Louis. Some consider his work as good or better than Galle’s.  Height is 3 5/8 inches; the vase is 2 5/8 inches in diameter; weight is six ounces.  $475

PW2582. Legras, France. Early 20th Century 11 1/2 inch tall etched, carved, and wheel-polished Museum Piece Vase. Leaves and berries. The pattern repeats three leaves and berry clusters around the middle and three without berries above. Stunning piece! Beautiful carving over mottled white and translucent peach. Condition excellent. No chip, damage, or repair. The base shows minimal wear. Signed Legras. Base etched “Made in France”. Height is 11 1/2 inches; the vase is 5 1/2 inches in diameter; weight is three pounds and three ounces.  $975

PW2378. Cristallerie de Pantin (de Vez) c. 1900 5 1/2 inch tall Mountain Scene Museum Piece Vase. Well executed etched and wheel-polished nicely colored translucent vase with a house on an island in a mountain lake – a lovely scene accentuated by sunset colors including beautiful translucent cranberry at the rim. The de Vez signed pieces were the top end for Pantin and are more rare than other more common Pantin lines. “All done in great detail” …  a mark of considerable artistic ability in glass” … “should be acquired because there was only a limited quantity of them, and they are normally quite delightful.” [Grover] Condition excellent. No chip, damage, or repair. The base shows minimal wear. Height is 5 1/2 inches; the base is 2 11/16  inches in diameter; weight is ten ounces.  $475

PW2545. D’Argental c. 1919-1925 4 15/16 inch tall etched, carved, and wheel-polished floral Museum Piece Vase. The hibiscus type flowers and leaves are carved from lavender glass, gemlike and translucent. Condition excellent. No chip, damage, or repair – one small scratch and a trapped bubble or two. The base shows minimal wear. Signed D’Argental. This was the signature used by Paul Nicholas, former chief designer at Galle, when he worked at Saint Louis. Some consider his work as good or better than Galle’s.  Height is 4 15/16 inches; the vase is 2 1/8 inches in diameter; weight is 5.6 ounces.  $325

PW2546. Rare Georges Raspiller, Nancy, France, etched, carved, and wheel-polished floral Museum Piece Vase c. 1921-1931. Raspiller was a lesser known Art Nouveaux glass artisan. I believe he worked for Galle and even signed his pieces Galle then as did all the Galle factory workers. It was the brand, not the fabricator. Condition excellent. No chip, damage, or repair. The base shows minimal wear. Signed G. Raspiller. Height is 5 11/16 inches; the vase is 2 1/2 inches in diameter; weight is seven ounces.  $425

PW1031. Clichy Vase, Museum Piece, circa 1850s. It’s a stunning piece. All paperweight collectors know about Clichy swirls. Here’s one in a different form. The condition is excellent. It shows age-appropriate wear on the basal rim. The pontil is ground and polished. If you look closely, you can see minor signs of use, but no problems – no spalls, fractures, or other issues – some rubbing but not even a scratch of any significance. Across the top it measures 20 by 21.5 cm; it is 12 cm tall; weight is one pound and four ounces.  $750

PW1495. French Art Glass Newel Post decoration. I got two of these at an auction lot in Philadelphia in 2010. The auction included many high end French paperweights. These had no attribution other than the label on one: Cristal Taille a la main J. A. C. It’s a fair assumption that both are French from the same era. The machined brass parts—which are identical and read Made in France—maintain quite a bit of shine so I don’t think they are more than 50 years old. These are beautiful, high-end glass pieces. Excellent condition, as if new. Could be awesome for the person with the right set of stairs. They come with the hardware for mounting attached. All you need are screws.

This one is translucent aquamarine and hollow. The thick glass is impressed with deep v-shaped flutes and in between it is wheel-cut. This is the one with the label. Overall height including brass is 15 cm (six inches); diameter of globe: 3 ¾ inches; weight two pounds. $175

PW1496. French Art Glass Newel Post decoration. I got two of these at an auction in Philadelphia in 2010. The auction included many high end French paperweights. These had no attribution other than the label on one: Cristal Taille a la main J. A. C. It’s a fair assumption that both are French from the same era. The machined brass parts—which are identical and read Made in France—maintain quite a bit of shine so I don’t think they are more than 50 years old. These are beautiful, high-end glass pieces. Excellent condition, as if new. Could be awesome for the person with the right set of stairs. They come with the hardware for mounting attached. All you need are screws.

This one is translucent crystal and solid glass. It’s heavy, like a crystal ball. Beautifully faceted. No label. It plays with the light. Overall height including brass is 15 cm (six inches); diameter of globe: four inches; weight three pounds and four ounces. $225