Marcel Vasseur & Muller Frères | Wrought Iron Ceiling Light | France c.1930

A decorative wrought-iron ceiling light attributed to and almost certainly by Marcel Vasseur complimented with a  “pate-de-verre” glass lampshade with acid-stencilled mark “Muller Fres, Luneville”. France c1930

Provenance: See pictures of  other Marcel Vasseur lights: No.1 with distinctive circular decoration & No.2 with matching gallery

Ht.(as displayed) 74cm/29in, Diam.56/22, Ht. (reducible to) 60cm/24in

Marcel Vasseur, Paris

  • Marcel Vasseur was a blacksmith who had like E.Brandt and R.Subes had a large workshop in Paris
  • Vasseur designed bespoke pieces privately for clients but also had a catalogue of designs for his own outlet and appeared at the prestigeous 1925  art décorative exhibit in Paris.
  • Old catalogues show Marcel Vasseur used pate-de-verre shades by Daum, Muller and Schneider as well as shades in alabaster or art deco glass by Muller Freres.
  • Sadly pieces are nearly always unsigned however occasionally Vasseur bases or chandelier mounts are signed FAG.
  • In1925 the designer Maurice Dufresne head of the design department La Maitrise of the large Galeries Lafayette invited Vasseur to sell his lamps in Lafayette. These pieces were signed FAG (for Feronnerie d’Art des Galleries).

Verrerie d’Art Muller Frères, Luneville 1919

  • Henri &  Désiré  learn their trade working as student of Gallé and around 1895 create their own workshop in Luneville.
  • In 1896, the entire Muller family (father, mother and children) live in Nancy. Camille works at Daum’s, Baccarat and then finally he goes to Sèvres. Eugene, Victor and Pierre join the Galle’s workshop.
  • In 1900, Henri leases space inside the Croismare glass-works and transfers there some of the workshops of the Rue Sainte-Anne in Luneville
  • In 1919 Henri and Désiré buy the majority of shares of the Hinzelin’s glassworks and create “Les Grandes Verrerie et Cristalleries de Croismare”.
  • At the same time they create the new company “Verrerie d’Art Muller Frères” to give a name to their activity in Luneville.
  • Glass produced at Luneville are signed “Muller Fres,Luneville” while glass at “Croismare” is signed as such.


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