Large decorative cameo glass bowl cameo cased in rich red that is cut through with an Art Deco floral design, signed D'Argental
Height: 11 cm
Diameter: 22 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Cameo Glass
D'Argental is the signature adopted by the Cristalleries Saint Louis glassworks in 1924 when it began a new production of cameo glass. The factory was situated at Bitche in Moselle (France). The name D'Argental derives from the name of the village of origin of Cristalleries Saint Louis, which was Munzthal in the region of Lorraine from 1767. "Munze" in German meaning money, so for analogy "argent" (silver) in French.
The cameo glass is a multi-layered glass on which a picture has been carved through the layers, so that it stands out in relief from the surface and the colored layers form the contrast to the picture. The surrounding glass is cut away using hydrofluoric acid, which eats away glass. Emile Gallé was the famous forerunner in the workmanship of cameo glass, but at the end of 19th century/beginning 20th century many glass factories in France became devoted to this technique.