• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 291

    A BROCARD ENAMELLED AND GILT GLASS BOTTLE

    PARIS, FRANCE, CIRCA 1870-80

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    A BROCARD ENAMELLED AND GILT GLASS BOTTLE
    PARIS, FRANCE, CIRCA 1870-80
    Rising through short spread foot, through globular body to tall flared neck with applied wave-like band around the collar, the surface decorated with polychrome enamels and gilt, the body with two bands each with a series of roundels containing gilt arabesques on blue ground alternated with polychrome floral motifs, the neck with ogival cartouches containing polychrome motifs all on a gilt ground with dense floral or geometric motifs, each band bordered with a band of floral motifs on blue ground, the foot signed 'Brocard 23 rue Bertrand Paris'
    15½in. (39.9cm.) high


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    Philippe-Joseph Brocard began life as a restorer of glass, which gave him the capability of understanding in minute detail the techniques used. His first Works of Art in enamelled glass were presented at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867 and created quite a stir. Even then his most important pieces were enamelled glass mosque lamps. He continued to exhibit at international fairs and won a first prize at the Exposition universelle in Paris in 1878.

    He was the first to revive this technique of large glass vessels with enamelled surface decoration copying Mamluk originals. Its popularity meant that he was copied in Paris by others including Emile Gallé who developed the style further.

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