Paris, France 1827 – 1891
Clichy, Île-de-France, Hauts-de-Seine department, France
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, blown glass with wheel-cut and enamelled decoration and gilt bronze mounts glass: blown, wheel-cut and enamelled decoration; gilt bronze mounts
The major French glassmaker of the 1870s, François-Eugène Rousseau, produced work with strong references to Japanese art and to Chinese jade carving, in a style known in France as Japonisme. In this vase, his use of thick glass imitates smoky topaz and allows the deep carving of an insect to catch the light. The emphasis on imagery from the natural world, such as exotic plants and insects, was a feature of Japonisme and the broader European art and design movement of Art Nouveau.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design