Commemorative Vase

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Object Name: 
Commemorative Vase
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2005.3.6
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 42.5 cm, Diam (max): 16.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1912
Web Description: 
This vase commemorates one of the most successful glass company managers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a present of staff members—35 names are listed in a frieze—of the glass factory of Val-Saint-Lambert in Belgium to Georges Deprez, who started to work at the factory in 1887 and became its director in 1894. In 1912, the year of his retirement, Deprez looked back on 25 years of work for the company, which he had developed successfully into the “probably most important producer for crystal and glass for daily use in the world” (Le Temps, Paris 1913). Around 1900 about 4,500 workers produced 160,000 items per day at 20 furnaces, 90% of which was exported to the whole world, even to Australia. The vase had formed part of the company's museum in Val-Saint-Lambert, which was dissolved in the 1990s.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Cobb Antiques Ltd., Source
2005-03-28
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
BROEKHOVEN CASSAR CRESPIN DEBACKER DECHAINEUX DENOEL FASTRE FOUARGE FRAIPONT GERARD GERDAY GEVAERT GILARD GUNTHEL Jules HOUDRET Jos. HOUDRET JEUNEHOMME LECLEF LECRENIER LEDRU LEDUC MARECHAL MASSET MATHY PALMERS PARISSE PETIT PIRET PIRLET PIROTTE ROTHE THUNGEN VAUTHIER WERY
Inscription
Engraved and gilded Around top of shoulder.
G. Deprez / 1887 1912
Inscription
Engraved and Gilded On front of vase at top and sides of engraved medallion.
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; silver, blown, tooled, engraved, gilded, applied, assembled. Tall baluster-shaped vase with silver rim and foot. Copper-wheel engraved and gilded, showing in a medallion the entrance gate to the glasshouse, from which protrudes a cornucopia that releases a vast amount of glass tableware. The bottom frieze consists of alternating ewers and wineglasses, the top frieze, a wreath of oak leaves, is wrapped with a banner that shows 34 names apparently of glassmaker's colleagues. Three medallions are inscribed "G. Deprez," "1887," and "1912," respectively.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2005 (2006) illustrated, p. 10, right; BIB# AI90241