Pendative Gabriel Argy-Rousseau butterfly
H = B = 5 cm
Gabriel Argy-Rousseau (1885-1953) was one of the pioneers in the Art Deco period who was involved in the development of pâte de verre (glass paste) and pâte de cristal, where the glass contains a higher content of lead and therefore more transparent. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau (° 1885- † 1953) uses, like Cros, Daum, Walter, Decorchement, the pâte de verre (see Daum Frères) and pâte de cristal (in which at least 27% lead, and brighter than pâte de verre). His works are very elegant and radiate more art nouveau as seen from 1910 onwards. After the first world war his work is more in line with the new French style, art deco. He developed an industrial production but oversaw every aspect of the process. In 1932 the company Moser-Millot closed after which he founded his own studio where he worked independently. He developed new techniques such as the “Pâte de verre émaillée” and the “Pâte de Cristal”. He last exhibited in 1952 and died in 1953. This pendant in translucent pâte de cristal has a decoration of a butterfly with green and white opalescent mottled wings with orange body on a clear light matte background. The frame is in orange with curls. The frame is square and rounded at the corners. The cord may be original, as is the tassel. Signed in relief under the left wing with “G.A.R.”. Dating around 1930.