Pair of frosted glass Art Deco Wall Lights marked Degue

Pair of frosted glass Art Deco Wall Lights marked Degue


Pair of frosted glass Art Deco Wall Lights marked Degue:
of angular form with moulded glass shades of zig zag fan design, supported by gilt brass mount. French, circa 1930.

Height: 13" - 33.0cm
Width: 15" - 38.0cm
Projection: 5" - 13.0cm

moulded glass

Glass that is blown into a mould and has soft, uncut edges.

Art Déco

A popular movement in the 1920s and 30s, promoted by Ruhlmann and other great Paris furniture manufacturers, and the big department stores. The style was influenced by Aztec and Egyptian design, the Ballets Russes, Hollywood musicals and the new ocean-going liners. It featured stepped and geometric designs, sunrays and chevrons.


David Guéron (1892 – 1950), originally turkish, opened a glassworks at Boulevard Malesherbes and Verrerie d’Art Degué in Paris, to promote the art glass he named 'Degué'. His French cameo glass designs used natural motifs and he used brilliant colours that became his signature. Another Degué line used a sandblasting method to decorate monochromatic pieces with graphic elements and designs. The Degué factory made vases, paperweights, bowls, perfume bottles, stemware items such as liqueur glasses, lightshades, chandeliers, art glass lamps, and half-round ceiling lampshades. The glassware made up to 1930 was colourful, whereas the items made after 1930 were frosted and more subdued. Degué was given the commission to create 6,000 individual crafted glass panels for the French ocean liner, the Normandie, which became a showcase for French style and taste.

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

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