Ref. : 3509-10-en


Japoniste "Cat and Cherries Basket" Crystal Vase.
L'Escalier de Cristal-Paris (att. to) - Eugène Rousseau (att. to)



France, circa 1880

: 27.5 cm / 10.8 in.
Ø : 10 cm / 3.9 in.



N° 44
Roller vase in solid colorless crystal. Engraved Japanesque (Japonisme) decor representing chrysanthemum flowers in rocks. Gilded bronze Japanesque (Japonisme) mount decorated with a cat and a wicker basket containing cherries
Decor by Eugene Rousseau (att.) for Escalier de Cristal - Paris. (att.)

Unsigned, can be compared with many works of Eugène Rousseau for l’Escalier de Cristal-Paris.








In this Japanesque (Japonisme) Vase, made around 1880, the maison l'Escalier de Cristal used a solid colorless thick crystal suggesting that this piece is in carved  rock crystal.

Founded in 1804 the house l'Escalier de Cristal was specialized in the sale of luxury items specially ordered from the best workshops over the world and finalized by its own craftmen. Its name comes from the crystal balusters that decorated the staircase linking the different store floors.

The glassware was either created and manufactured within its own workshops using unrefined crystal mass ("Blanc") from Clichy or Baccarat or in some cases commissioned from leading artists and craftsmen such as Eugene Rousseau, Emile Galle, Ernest Leveille, Eugène Michel...


En savoir plus ...


'L'Escalier de cristal' (1804-1923), French luxury Brand of Furniture and Objet d'Art.

Founded in 1804 by Mrs. widow Desarnaud (born Marie-Jeanne Rosalie Charpentier) the House 'L'Escalier de Cristal' was one of the first in Paris to propose luxury items such as clocks, candelabras and ornamental vases combining chiseled crystal and gilt bronze. In 1819 at the 'Exposition des produits de l'industrie française' (Exhibition of French Industry Products), the House won a Gold Medal for of a Crystal Basin made for the Princess of Etruria and a Dressing Table made for the Queen of Spain.

By 1830 the house was taken over by Boin and by 1840 by Pierre-Isidore Lahoche (1805-1892). The House then knows a great notoriety. In 1852, Lahoche started to work with his son-in-law Emile-Augustin Pannier (1828-1892) who became director of the company around 1864 -1866. In 1873 the shop expanded by moving to the corner of the Scribe and Auber streets.

In the 1880's, at the climax of the Japanesque wave, his sons Georges (1853-1944) and Henri (? -1935) exhibited creations in the 'Sino-Japanese style' made in collaboration with leading artists and craftsmen of their time such as Baccarat, Edouard Lievre, Gabriel Viardot, Louis Majorelle, Eugene Rousseau, Ernest Leveille, Eugene Michel or Emile Galle who provided some of their finest achievements for this House.

Until 1923, date of the final closing of the store, L'Escalier de Cristal won numerous awards and medals during National, International and Universal Exhibitions (1851, 1853, 1855, 1862, 1867, 1878, 1900 ...).



Revue :
Thiébaut, (P.), « Contribution à une histoire du mobilier japonisant : les créations de l'Escalier de Cristal », dans Revue de l'Art, n° 85, Paris, 1989, pp. 76-83.

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