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Wine-glass; clear glass, free-blown, the bowl with undulating profile, the stem decreasing down its length to an astonishingly thin section and then expanding again at the base.
- Production date
Height: 172 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 382:
An identical glass was given by Marcel Bing (Siegfried Bing's son) in 1908 to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, with the information that it was designed by de Feure for the Maison de l'Art Nouveau (inv.no.15267 B). It is one of three glasses given by Marcel Bing, of which two were described in the 1908 accession registers as by De Feure (15267 A and B) and the third by Colonna (15267 C). The two glasses by de Feure both bear on the base the manufacturer's original paper label, 'RG Ehrenfeld' in a circle. For an illustration of these three glasses, see L.Rosenthal, 'La verrerie française depuis 50 ans', Paris 1927, where all three are described, apparently erroneously, as by de Feure.
De Feure designed a number of table glasses for Bing, many of which are illustrated in a special issue of 'Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration' devoted to de Feure and his association with Bing. They all have undulating bowls and stems (DK&D, 12, 1903, 322-3). The illustrations include the second of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs' de Feure glasses (inv.15267 A, DK&D, 1903, 322). There appears to be no contemporary illustration of the glass catalogued here. However, a group of glasses exhibited by the Rheinische Glashütten at the Düsseldorf Exhibition of 1902, included a glass of virtually identical shape, but with applied trails on the bowl and foot (Kunst und Kunsthandwerk, V Jahrgang, 1902, 526). Significantly, this group also included one of the De Feure glasses illustrated in Deutsche Kunst & Dekoration, but again with applied decoration, suggesting that the Rheinische Glasshütten made their own modified, and less elegant, versions of de Feure's designs for Bing. These glasses received special praise from the Viennese critic for their 'kräftigen Formen Behrens'scher Faktur' ('powerful shapes in the manner of Behrens', KuKH, 1902, 529).
For a recent monograph on De Feure, see: 'Georges de Feure 1868-1943', exhibition catalogue, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 1993.
See also Curator's Comments for 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', cat. 58.
- On display (G48/dc1)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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