A 1930s, opalescent glass bowl signed G Vallon, Made In France. Second-hand.
What's for sale?
This is a signed, 1930s, pressed glass bowl made in France in opalescent glass, reminiscent of Lalique and Sabino.
During manufacture, the glass cooled at different rates according to its thickness, causing crystallisation and the characteristic, milky opalescence. The amber colour probably comes from the addition of arsenic to the raw materials.
The result is a glass which changes appearance and reflectivity with the light. Even with modern Lalique, it's unusual to see this mix of colours in today's glass.
Who made it and when?
It's signed "G Vallon" "Made in France" and was made during the 1930s, probably at Choisy-le-Roi, near Paris. The cherries are the only design associated with G Vallon. Many glass makers disappeared during the Second World War when their factories were commandeered, but it's also possible that G Vallon was a pseudonym used by another maker.
We have seen an earlier bowl which is heavier and without the country of origin and later ones, made of normal, clear glass. The clear bowls were often part of a punch bowl set, with glasses.
What condition is it in?
- It's in very good condition
- The interior has a few faint scratches but little sign of age
What are the measurements?
- 7cm high
- 23.5cm diameter
- 1000 grams
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