This gorgeous art glass vase was hand made by the Maître Verrier (Master Glassblower) Patrick Crespin, who has been a glass maker since 1977. From his workshop in Bessines-sur Gartempe (Haute-Vienne), very near Limoges in France, he uses techniques involving both hot and cold glass to make decorative objects and fine Art Nouveau lighting. This vase is made by the Pâte de Verre (literally 'molten glass') method, in which different colors of crushed or powdered glass are blended and fused together into a paste and then molded.
The body color of this vase is M. Crespin's "chataigne," which means "chestnut" in French. This is substantial glass, yet light can pass through it. The colors, which include pink, green and orange, become more vivid in strong light, shown in photographs #1 and #5, which were taken with a flash. The other photographs show the vase in normal interior lighting. In photograph #4, you can see the "P. Crespin" signature etched on the bottom, along with "Limoges." He is a member of Luxe & Excellence, a group of prestige manufacturers and creative craftsmen, whose small number of members must meet strict criteria, such as making high-end products solely produced in the Limousin area of France. More information on M. Crespin can be found at http://www.luxeetexcellence.com. In an article about him in the e-mag LIM & YOU, he was described as "a magician of fire and color."
This vase is 7 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches at the widest across the belly and has a mouth 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The piece weighs 1 3/4 pounds and is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. This pâte de verre vase looks wonderful wherever you place it in your home.