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    Vase,  ROUSSEAU, François-Eugène; APPERT FRÈRES, ; 1878
  Crystal Clarity
Artist ROUSSEAU, François-Eugène (designer)
Birth 1827, Paris, France
Death 1891, Paris, France
Artist APPERT FRÈRES (manufacturer)
Title Vase
Date 1878
Place Clichy, France
Medium blown glass with wheel-cut and enamelled decoration and gilt bronze mounts
Dims 28.4 x 13.5 x 10 cm
Collection National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1989
AccNo 89.509
  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, the 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 influenced the broader European art and design movement of the late nineteenth century known as Art Nouveau.