by wgpaul Bill
For many people, the words “French Art Glass” are immediately associated with names like Daum and Galle. However, there is another early 20th century firm that, until recently, has escaped the notice of many. The recent sale of four different Schneider items for over $2,000 each peaked our interest in this company and its beautiful wares.
The Schneider company produced art glass beginning in 1917 with the bulk of their production coming in the years 1925 through 1930. Schneider was operated by two brothers. Ernest Schneider handled the sales and marketing portion of the business. The fabulous designs and artistic flair came from brother Charles. Charles Schneider attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. At the same time, he worked as a designer at the famed Daum factory in Nancy.
The Schneiders formed their own small glass company prior to World War I, but when both brothers were called to participate in the war effort, the company failed. A new company was formed in 1917 with support from investors. Eventually, the Schneider brothers were able to purchase the company from the investors. In 1925, they exhibited their glass at the now famous 1925 Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris. The exposure catapulted sales resulting in the most prolific period of production in the history of the Schneider factory. Schneider continued to make art glass until 1931, when the company virtually ended production of art glass due to the effect of the stock market crash two years earlier.
The Schneider company produced two distinct lines. The higher end line was signed Schneider in acid etched script or block letters, often followed by an angled slash mark. This line was sold primarily at French galleries and featured hand made art glass — mainly engraved pieces in the classic cameo style.
The Le Verre Francais line was intended for a larger audience and was sold in department stores and jewelry stores. Pieces from the Le Verre line are marked Le Verre Francais or Charder (a contraction of the name Charles Schneider). The mark sometimes included an urn logo. Lamps and some vases can be found with both signatures. Le Verre pieces used production techniques such as acid etching to keep costs down. Much of the Le Verre production was exported to the US and other countries.
The Le Verre Francais line was intended for a larger audience and was sold in department stores and jewelry stores. Pieces from the Le Verre line are marked Le Verre Francais or Charder (a contraction of the name Charles Schneider.) The mark sometimes included an urn logo. Lamps and some vases can be found with both signatures. Le Verre pieces used production techniques such as acid etching to keep costs down. Much of the Le Verre production was exported to the US and other countries.
Both the Schneider and Le Verre Francais lines feature classic shapes, beautifully juxtaposed colors and influences that range from Art Nouveau to Deco. Interest in Schneider glass continues to grow. We saw pieces selling on-line in recent months for between $1,000 and $7,500.
Fakes and reproductions are known. Acid etched Le Verre Francais signatures have been seen on newer, cheaply made glass. In addition, Charles Schneider went on to open another firm in the late 1940s with his son. These later works are more contemporary in style and are generally marked Schneider France in block letters. While not as collectible as the earlier Schneider works, these pieces have begun to gain popularity as well.
Books dedicated to Schneider can be found in French, like the book above by Edith Mannoni. We were not able to locate any books in English dedicated to Schneider glass, although Schneider items are pictured in many English language books dedicated to French art glass or cameo glass.
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by wgpaul Bill
One of our members has a "mystery item" that we've been discussing recently. We have been trying to imagine what these charming little china pieces might be used for. The shape reminded some members of kayaks, Dutch clogs, even body pods (lol), but we haven't been able to determine their true purpose. If you know what these are, we'd love to hear from you! Click the thumbnail to see more detail.
"These were made by Rosenthal, Germany. The two above are finished with a smoky color on top and the two below are just ivory bodies with gold trim. I have not a clue as to what these are. They are 5¼" long and 2¼" wide. The taller end is 1½" tall and the short end is about 1/3". The Rosenthal factory marked on the bottom is Kronach, Germany. I can't find the exact mark in my Rosenthal book with the two dots under the Rosenthal signature like that, but the Kronach marks in my book are anywhere from 1938 through 1949 right through the war years without any breaks. The dots and dashes under the Rosenthal signature vary from year to year. The mark is under the glaze so I am sure it is authentic."
Replacements believes they may be smokeless ashtrays. What do YOU think?
It happens every day! You anticipate receiving an item you won at auction. It arrives, and you open the box to see...pottery shards or slivers of glass!
Have you noticed how some auction photos just seem to scream “BUY ME!” while others are so fuzzy and far away you’re not sure what is being offered?
We share a few practical tips on photo taking and packing to help you get that item safely to your buyer! Our GPSA website offers a more in-depth look at valuable packing and photo tips. Please visit and have a look around!
Here's several great packaging tips from our members concerning their methods for packaging items for ease in opening, versus receiving a mummified item with clear tape where one can't tell where to start unwrapping it:
- Member marketpl: "When I pack a large cumbersome object, I make sure the customer can unpack it without damaging it. I use priority tape instead of clear. It's easy to see the beginning and end and makes for an easier unwrapping job. I know it's hard for some to get priority tape, so use a colored tape instead. It might not look as pretty, but it will sure help your customer."
- Member gabla: "I use #19 rubber bands. They stretch enough for most objects and are easy to get off and hold the bubble wrap in place solid enough for packing. They are so much easier to open."
- Member nvilla: "I've been using wide invisible Scotch tape. I find the invisible stuff actually shows up better on bubble wrap than the clear shiny kind. It holds well enough for the small items I specialize in."
- Member blue.bird.collections: "I use stretch wrap. It come off easily, but will hold the bubble wrap/items together. I just fold it on to itself so the buyer can see the starting point for unwrapping."
Something else to remember about the postal rate increase that went into effect January 8, 2006.
USPS insurance rates rise in January 2006:Rate changes include:
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$1.35 ................ $0.01 to $50
$2.30 ................ $50.01 to $100
$3.35 ................ $100.01 to $200
$4.40 ................ $200.01 to $300
$5.45 ................ $300.01 to $400
$6.50 ................ $400.01 to $500
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