Detail View: The AMICA Library: Centerpiece

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.2001.36
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Frères, Appert
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Role: 
glass probably made by
Creator Dates/Places: 
1810 - 1867
Biography: 
This studio was founded in 1835 at Clichy by Louis Appert.
Creator Name-CRT: 
Appert Frères
Creator Name: 
Escalier de Cristal
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Role: 
retailed by
Creator Dates/Places: 
1827 - 1891
Creator Name-CRT: 
Escalier de Cristal
Creator Name: 
Rousseau, Eugène
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Role: 
design probably conceived by
Creator Dates/Places: 
1827 - 1891
Gender: 
M
Creator Name-CRT: 
Eugène Rousseau
Title: 
Centerpiece
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
c. 1880
Creation Start Date: 
1875
Creation End Date: 
1885
Materials and Techniques: 
glass with gilt metal mounts
Classification Term: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13.3cm x 48cm x 28.2cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
2001.36
Credit Line: 
Bequest of John L. Severance (by exchange)
Inscriptions: 
on underside of glass: Escalier de Cristal. Paris
Rights: 
Provenance: 
[H. Blairman & Sons Ltd., London]
Context: 
The retail firm of Escalier de Cristal seems not to have directly manufactured the wares they sold, but they exercised design control and sometimes brought together craftspeople of various talents and training to execute their stylish goods. Eugène Rousseau was not himself a craftsman, but he acted as a sort of editor, and glass and ceramics were made under his supervision. The glass of this bowl, with its cast relief decoration and colored inclusions, is of a kind associated with Rousseau. It is known that much of his glass was actually made by the firm of Appert Frères. In terms of style, this Centerpiece reflects the interest in things Japanese, which was an important element in the luxury goods made around 1880. The swimming fish and the naturalistic details of the gilt metal pinecones and twigs tied with string suggest this Asian source of inspiration.
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CMA_.AM20021796.tif