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Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« on: May 09, 2010, 02:53:52 PM »
Having seen Ivo's comment re. pâte-de-verre on another thread
currently the only producers are Daum and The Grand from Taiwan.  

I thought I'd just bring some other manufacturers of pâte-de-verre to light. Currently there are a number of firms in mainland China who use the technique. Their wares are almost never seen in the west as it seems that western retailers are unwilling to source these high cost pieces - I know, I've tried selling them here - hence why we generally get only the cheap & nasty end of Chinese glass.

Shenzhen Best Arts Industrial Co. http://www.bestarts.com.cn/ also at http://bestarts.win.mofcom.gov.cn/en/plate01/product_list.asp produce a range of pieces, often sold under the name 'Liu-Li Story'. In fact Liu-Li is the name often used in China to describe pâte-de-verre. It's an old term which translates literally as 'coloured glaze', it's modern usage is likely due to it's adoption by Liuligongfang in Taiwan in the 80s/90s. However, potential collectors need to be wary as not all Liu-Li is really pâte-de-verre, sometimes the name is also applied to press moulded or mould-blown glass with a satin finish. Likewise, many of these giftware firms which produce pate-de-verre also make or sell similar figures in polyresin, meaning that handling an item is a must.

Jin Bo Gong Yuan near Wenzhou were also making pâte-de-verre when I visited their works in 2007. I was lucky enough to see all the stages of the production process from the sculpting of a clay model, taking an elastomer mould of this to be used for casting wax positives which were then further hand finished before being used to form the final plaster moulds. The glass itself was bought in in the form of coloured discs which arrived by the sackfull, these were then crushed on site to give appropriate size chunks or powders, depending on what was required. I'm not sure if Jin Bo are still producing these wares, however, their website http://jbgyp.cn.alibaba.com no longer shows glass figures, though some are shown in my gallery here: http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/thumbnails.php?album=686 The eagle & Horse's head are bothshown on page 5 of their 2007 catalogue.

Other Chinese firms which were advertising pâte-de-verre in the late 2000s include Shanghai San Shan Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd. and Xiang Yu Fine Crafts (I don't have web addresses but do have a printed catalogues dating from around 2006/7 for both firms).

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Re: Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010, 06:56:38 PM »
 Thanks for that info Stephen - I'd love to get my mitts on a p de v vase,  my father who trawls the charity shops bought me this a couple of months ago.  Nice and heavy but modern, he called it p de v, but I suppose it's really satin finish - is this sand blasted to get this effect or what? Trying hard to find time to learn - some wonderful information on here. Thanks.

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Re: Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 07:30:40 PM »
There are also individual artists around (here in Scotland anyway) who are making things in what they call pate-de-verre, and I suppose they are, really - but all the pieces I've seen are made of massive little round bits of glass - more like small ball bearings stuck toghether than the fused powder I expect pate-de-verre to be.
I don't think any of them would hold water......... literally.

Sorry, I don't know any of the artist's names, I've just seen the pieces in the passing, they have never really held my attention.
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Re: Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2010, 11:16:31 AM »
Your piece had popped into my head before you put the link in Max!
It pops into my head every time I see or hear this name!

(but it's not pate-d-verre, is it?  :spls:)
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Re: Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2010, 12:19:47 PM »
Liuligongfang production is pâte-de-verre, they were the first company to revive the technique in the Chinese speaking world. It's probably their success which has popularised pâte-de-verre in Asia, leading to other firms adopting the technique. As I said in my earlier post, they were the first to use the term Liu-Li for pâte-de-verre.

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Re: Chinese Pate-de-Verre
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2010, 12:57:56 PM »
Yep, Sue, my name will be forever synonymous with Liuligongfang on here...lol  ^-^

My 'Without Boundaries' piece I linked to above is actually pate-de-crystal.   :D



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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2010, 01:07:02 PM »
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