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Antiques Considered - Nov. 7, 2012

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This art glass bowl belongs to the family of a lady who recently died.  She was an inveterate collector, and was fond of art glass.  This piece is acid etched with shades of green and black.  It is 4 inches high and 5½ inches in diameter.  It has one slight chip on the rim, but appears to have no other flaws.  Etched into the lower portion is the signature of  A. deLatte, and the word Nancy.


Andre deLattte was a part of the French art glass scene that centered in the city of Nancy.  His work is noted for its brilliance of color and intricacy of etching.  He was born at Chatenois in the Vosges region in 1887, and died in Toulouse in 1953.  He opened his studio in 1919 and closed it in 1933, after which he sold insurance for the rest of his life.
 deLatte was a good businessman, and made a success of his glassworks until competition from Eastern Europe overcame him.  Most of his pieces have a larger variety of colors than this bowl, but the crispness of the etching on this piece is quite good.
The difficulty in setting a value on this piece rests in the chip.  In perfect condition the piece would be worth $800, but the chip, especially in a location where it could not be camouflaged by restoration, makes establishing a value a testing experience.  As is the quality of the work is of such a high standard that even with the chip it should be worth $300.
I suggest taking it to a reputable glass grinder to inquire if the chip can be smoothed down to make it less obvious.  If it can be ameliorated the value would increase, certainly by more than the cost of grinding.  All of the great production that came from Nancy at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries remains popular and much in demand.  Even with the chip, this is an extraordinary piece of art glass.
Happy Antiquing!

 

Henry Lane Hull and his wife, Lisa, own Commonwealth Antiques & Appraisals, Inc. in Wicomico Church, VA 22579, P.O. Box 35 He can be reached at Cell:  804.580.0514.

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