French Art Nouveau decorator and illustrator, Henri Bergé worked as a decorator at Daum's from 1895. He had a decisive impact on the introduction of an essentially floral and pastoral style in Daum’s glassware. His interest in nature is illustrated by the scientifically accurate botanical and animal designs, in his work.
Bergé also taught at the Ecole Professionnelle de l'Est and ran Daum’s design and modeling studio. He was a member of the Ecole de Nancy Board of Management from 1901.
In 1904, Bergé began collaborating with French glass maker, Amalric Walter, when Walter started working at Daum. Together they made pâtes de verre (a form of glass kiln casting) always signed "Daum Nancy", without Walter’s or Bergé's name. With Bergé, Walter cast around 100 different models, though few examples from this period are preserved. Their collaborations were put on hold when, due to the onset of World War I, the Daum factory closed from 1914 to 1918.
After the war, Walter decided to create his own glass studio. He continued his collaboration with Henri Bergé. From 1919 to 1935, Walter worked with Bergé and other famous sculptors and designers to create models, always casting in limited numbers due to the sophisticated technique of glass kiln casting.
This October, two pâte de verre dishes by Henri Berge for Almeric Walter will be offered in our Wednesday 31 October Auction of Decorative Arts. Designed with flora and fauna, each dish is moulded in relief with the maker’s marks A. Walter/ Nancy and Berge SC.