A MUST FOR YOUR BOOKCASE
The new book on the outstanding glass artist Charles Schneider and his work
Charles Schneider French Art Deco Glass is the title of this new book written by Tiny Esveld (antique dealer specialised in Schneider glass) and Marie-Christine Joulin (Schneider expert who wrote a previous book on him).
This beautiful luxury publication is informative, easy to read and features a wealth of colour illustrations. Almost 300 pages telling the life, times and oeuvre of Charles Schneider (1881-1953): a pioneer who with the shapes and colours of his glass creations and his modern expressivity ushered in Art Deco.
A brief biography brings to life Schneider’s early years and artistic ambitions, his design work for Daum and his predilection for engraving medals and semi-precious stones, an art which proved very useful in later life.
A short history presents the Verreries Schneider S.A., where his brother Ernest played an important role as financial director. The firm had two production lines: Schneider and Le Verre Français. The technique of glass etching and engraving, as well as the use of coloured powder, marqueterie and luster glass are explained. The artistic experiments and constant search for new techniques in the laboratory are fascinating. And of course the authors discuss style, the development from Art Nouveau to Art Deco with its austere lines, patterns and decorations.
From the city of Paris these coupes and vases with their fantastic shapes and contrasting colours made their way all over the world. So as well as in France, export to the neighboring countries and the Americas was essential.
Unfortunately the Verreries Schneider did not survive the Great Depression: in 1931 most of the furnaces were turned off and seven years later the glass works was entirely closed down.
This biographic and technical tale is illustrated by period photographs of the family and the factory as well as many original designs. All the designs are by Schneider’s hand, as he himself drew all the glass shapes and flower and fauna for his objects.
The authors were especially privileged in being allowed to research the family archives and thus discover new information. For instance, the hitherto unknown design and pictures of Schneider’s Salon de la Société des Artistes Français entry: La Toilette, a bronze medal and a cameo assembled in a frame. But the highlight of the book is obviously the hundreds of beautiful colour photographs of these desirable objects, each with a caption explaining what makes the object so special.
Marie-Christine Joulin is known all over the world today as the greatest expert of Charles Schneider’s oeuvre, which she has studied for the past thirty years in close contact with the artist’s family.
Tiny Esveld owns a gallery specialized in the artworks of the Art Nouveau and French Art Déco periods, with a preference for the École de Nancy, the glass of Émile Gallé, Daum, and Charles Schneider, and an emphasis on rare and exceptional pieces.
Title: Charles Schneider French Art Deco Glass (including a French translation)
Authors: Tiny Esveld and Marie-Christine Joulin
Publisher: Tiny Esveld, Brasschaat
Price: € 48,-
Over 500 pictures
Size 23 cm x 29 cm, 288 pages
Available end of november 2015
Order from the website only: www.tinyesveld.com