Art Deco French glass perfume bottle by Andre Delatte, Nancy. Circa 1920. The perfume bottle features a cylindrical shape tapering from the center towards the bottom and top. Composed of clear glass acid etched with a 'chipped ice' textured ground, decorated with thick hand applied polychrome enamel in shades of pale chartreuse yellow, black and with depicting stylized roses and foliage, outlined in gold enamel accents. The solid stopper is black glass with a round knob top, embellished with applied yellow enamel dots. Acid etched with the “Delatte Nancy” signature. In overall good condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. Stands 8 5/8" height.
Andre Delatte was born in Châtenois (Vosges, France) in 1887. He first started out as a banker where he became friends with his customers, Muller Freres. Muller Freres, French for Muller Brothers, made cameo and other glass from about 1895 to 1933. Their factory was first located in Luneville, then in nearby Croismare, France. Muller Freres was noted for their exquisitely detailed pieces, oftentimes using up to six or seven different layers of glass. Pieces were usually marked with the company name. It is possible to find beautiful cameo glass atomizers from this company. The company finally closed its doors in 1936.
Delatte visited the Muller Freres glassworks and was fascinated by the beauty and exceptional techniques used in the chemical manufacture to create various colored glasses and hand applied decoration. He decided to leave the banking world and began to study chemistry. After he received his diplomas in 1919, he opened his own glass studio in Nancy at rue du Faubourg des 3 Maisons, where he decorated finished glass manufactured by his friends at Muller Freres.
Two years later in 1921, he had his own furnace built in Jarville, a village near Nancy, where he employed about 30 people, many of whom previously worked for the illustrious Daum Nancy’s glassworks. The Delatte studio then moved to 16 rue de Metz in Nancy and specialized in cameo glass and thickly applied polychrome enameled pieces in the Art Deco style. His cameo glass is almost always layered and acid cut rather than hand carved or wheel cut. His previous studio at Faubourg des 3 Maisons was reserved for working with molten glass. The company is named Verreries de l’Est. The high quality of his works are soon comparable to those produced by Daum, however, since Delatte produced variations on the designs of Daum, this resulted in a number of lawsuits starting in 1922-1923.
André Delatte went bankrupt in 1931. His company was taken over by Lubin Blum, but the situation could not be rectified, and the factory was closed in 1939. Delatte made two types of perfume bottles, most commonly found are the splash type colognes and scarcely atomizers. Delatte's pieces are always signed by Delatte.