Artwork of the Week: May 3

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Henri Marie Joseph Bergé, designer (French, 1870–1937), for Victor Amalric Walter, manufacturer (French, 1870–1959), Small Tray with a Chameleon (Vide-Poche "Caméléon"), polychrome transparent and opaque glass, mold-made pâte-de-verre, about 1920.

Henri Marie Joseph Bergé, designer (French, 1870–1937), for Victor Amalric Walter, manufacturer (French, 1870–1959), Small Tray with a Chameleon (Vide-Poche “Caméléon”), polychrome transparent and opaque glass, mold-made pâte-de-verre, about 1920. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 3

Henri Marie Joseph Bergé worked as a decorator at the Daum glass factory, where he had great influence on a floral and pastoral style that would emerge there. His interest in nature led him to design scientifically-accurate glass objects of plants and animals. Victor Amalric Walter’s exploration of the glass technique pâte-de-verre (casting objects in a mold from a kind of paste made of pulverized glass) earned him an important place at the Daum factory as well. Walter left the factory in 1914 to start his own workshop in Nancy, where he later called on his colleague Bergé to collaborate again, the two creating this striking chameleon tray.


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