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Charles Schneider Glass

Schneider Glassworks (France, 1917-81)
Schneider Glassworks (France, 1917-81)

The Schneider Glassworks (Verreries Schneider), established by brothers Charles and Ernest Schneider in Epinay-sur-Seine, France, in 1917, was among the leading producers of fine-art glass between the two world wars, creating exuberantly colorful vessels and lighting fixtures in both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The factory’s highpoint was the 1920s, when it created iconic chandeliers and exquisitely decorated cameo glass vases that are still in high demand today.

Born in the last quarter of the 19th century in Château-Thierry, near Paris, Charles and Ernest Schneider moved with their family at a young age to Nancy, a major center of Art Nouveau design, particularly known for glass. Among the city’s master makers was the crystal studio Daum, where both brothers worked at the turn of the 20th century, Ernest in sales, and Charles receiving training in the engraving and decoration workshop, while concurrently learning drawing and modeling with Henri Bergé and attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy. In 1904, he enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, where he studied painting and metal engraving and regularly showed in the engraving section of the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français, twice receiving a prize.

Around 1912 the brothers and their friend, architect Henri Wolf, bought a small glass factory specializing in lightbulbs, renaming it Schneider Frères et Wolff. The partners enticed a group of about 20 workers from the Daum workshop to join the company, which produced high-quality cameo vases and lamps until the outbreak of World War I, in 1914, when Charles, Ernest and most of the workers were called up to fight. The Schneiders were demobbed in 1917 and reopened the factory, initially making practical glassware for hospitals. After the war, to fund their reentry into the art-glass market, they sold shares in the company, now named the Société Anonyme des Verreries Schneider. The success of the elegant drinking glasses and Art Nouveau-style cameo vases they produced allowed the brothers to buy back the shares, at which point they renamed the factory Verreries Schneider.

When a fire destroyed the Gallé studios in 1918, the Schneiders offered space to a group of the company’s artists so they could continue production. In return, they taught Charles marqueterie de verre. Similar to wood marquetry, this process involves cutting sections out of a glass surface and filling them with pieces of a contrasting color. In 1921, Schneider trademarked his technique for making cameo glass lamps and vases — exemplified in this piece from the early 1920s — which he signed “Le Verre Français” or “Charder,” the latter perhaps a portmanteau combining his first and last names. These works were popular and sold well at France’s top department stores, including Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché. More elaborate, one-of-a-kind pieces from the studio were signed “Schneider” and offered at Paris art galleries like Au Vase Etrusque and Delvaux.

The Schneiders participated in the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderne in Paris, at which Charles was a member of the jury. The company was at its peak, expanding both its design repertoire and the number of workers, to 500. During this period, it began moving away from the organic shapes of Art Nouveau to the more geometric designs of Art Deco, with some pieces embodying a kind of transitional style, such as this chandelier. Charles also began experimenting with pigmented powders, fine crushed glass mixed with metal oxides, which yielded brilliant, iridescent colors when applied to a glass surface.

A large portion of the factory’s art glass production was sold in the United States. When the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929, demand was all but obliterated, and the company struggled to stay afloat throughout the 1930s. Ernest died in 1937, and during World War II, the factory was seized by German troops and used as a canteen. In 1950, Charles and his son set up a new factory called Cristalleries Schneider in Epinay-sur-Seine, which for several years produced free-blown glass vases, small sculptures and lighting fixtures to some acclaim. Charles Schneider died in 1952, and the factory eventually closed in 1981.

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Art glass Le verre Francais Art Deco
By Charles Schneider
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Art glass Le verre Francais Art Deco Artist Charles schneider model: dalilas circa 1930 perfect condition.
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Cup Le verre francais 'Pegonias' Art Deco artist Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Glass Le Verre Frances 'Caracole'
By Charles Schneider
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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La Verre Francais Stylized Palm Tree Cameo Glass Vase by Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
This rare cameo glass vase was realized by Charles Schneider- one of the most illustrious and influential glass blowers of the period in France, circa 1930. It is part of his celebra...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Charles Schneider French Art Deco Vase, 1914-1918
By Charles Schneider
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Deco vase by Charles Schneider Epinay-sur-Seine (Paris), 1914-1918. Unusual vase colored with bright yellow and rich orange colors overlaid with a veil of dark brown/black...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Wrought Iron

Charles Schneider Le Verre Francais French Art Deco Houblon Chandelier
By Le Verre Francais, Charles Schneider
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Deco chandelier by Charles Schneider, Epinay-sur-Seine (Paris), 1922-1925. Yellow glass overlaid with orange changing to blue at the top. Houblon pattern acid-etched that ...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Wrought Iron

Charles Schneider, Art Deco Glass Vase, France, C. 1930
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco acid-etched smoked glass vase by Charles Schneider. Signed "Schneider, France".
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Charles Schneider Glass

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Charles Schneider French Cameo Glass "Le Fougeres" Acid-Etched Vase
By Charles Schneider
Located in Miami, FL
Charles Schneider French cameo glass "Le Fougeres" acid-etched vase Offered for sale is a French acid-etched "Les Fougeres" glass cameo vase by Charles Schneider engraved "La Verr...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Charles Schneider Glass

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Art Deco French Schneider Crystal Glass Lamp Stand
By Charles Schneider
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning and heavily made Art Deco French Schneider crystal glass lamp stand with knobbly designs. The hand blown lamp base narrows as it rises with larger knobbly designs to the l...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Charles Schneider Glass

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Art Deco French Glass Coupe in Frosted Glass by Charles Schneider, 1930s
By Charles Schneider
Located in Prato, IT
Art Deco French glass coupe in frosted glass by Charles Schneider. 1930s The glass is in very nice condition, it is intact. No accident. There are however some traces of use on the ...
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Art Deco Glass Schneider Centerpiece, France 1930s Estate Find
By Charles Schneider
Located in Montreal, QC
Fabulous Art Deco signed Schneider Glass centerpiece; vibrant yellow bowl, tortoise colored footed base. Signed: SCHNEIDER; circa 1930s. Simple and dynamic, enhance your living space...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Huge Charles Schneider Le Verre Francais French Art Nouveau Dahlia Glass Vase
By Charles Schneider
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A monumentally large Charles Schneider French art glass floor vase. In the 'decor Dahlia' pattern. The vase has a pink and purple palette and is decorated with large acid-cut flow...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Charles Schneider Glass

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Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Handblown Glass Vase by Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
This stunning translucent glass vase was handblown by the fabled French glass studio, Charles Schneider, circa 1950. It features a cylindrical body that tapers downwards to a circula...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Outstanding Art Deco Schneider Art Glass Vase France Estate Find
By Charles Schneider
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Art Deco vase with acid-etched designs, smoked glass base signed "SCHNEIDER." Simply impressive to enhance your living space and always, a great addition to any collection!...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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French Art Deco Vase in Opaque Persimmon Hue Signed by Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful Art Deco vase was handblown by Charles Schneider one of the most illustrious glass blowers of the period in France, circa 1930. It features an orbital body with a cyli...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Charles Schneider Le Verre Relief and Etched Art Deco Vase, 1920s
By Charles Schneider
Located in Denver, CO
Purple with dark green base, relief and etching vase. Stunning color and form, candy cane marking on bottom indicates 1927 production. Le Verre of France.
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Charles Schneider Glass

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Schneider Art Deco "Jade" Vase
By Charles Schneider
Located in Bochum, NRW
Charles Schneider (1881-1962) Jade Vase Multi layered glass vase paunchy body, hemmed neck and bulbous curved base. White, orange and pink powdered glass with yellow and violet powd...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Charles Schneider Glass

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Schneider Vintage Glass Vase, 1949-1950
By Charles Schneider
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French art glass vase by Schneider (Epinay-sur-Seine, Paris), 1949-1950. Very thick bubbled green-anise glass vase. Signed "Schneider France." About Schneider: Charles Schneide...
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  • Schneider Vintage Glass Vase, 1949-1950
H 3.94 in. W 4.34 in. D 4.34 in.
Charles Schneider Le Verre Francais Sorrel Leaves Vase, 1918-1921
By Charles Schneider
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
French Art Deco vase by Charles Schneider, Epinay-sur-Seine, Paris, 1818-1921. Le Verre Français line. "Sorrel leaves" pattern. Vase blown in double transparent glass with yellow pow...
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Charles Schneider Art Deco Glass Vase With Smoked Details
By Charles Schneider
Located in Mexico City, MX
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Art Deco Cameo Glass Pitcher by Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in Charleston, SC
A spiritual son of Emile Galle, Charles Schneider (1882-1953) was a magician with light and helped raising the art of glassmaking to ever higher levels. This glass pitcher shows a c...
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Art Deco Glass Centerpiece Bowl 1930's Schneider France
By Charles Schneider
Located in Montreal, QC
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By Charles Schneider
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Art Deco Charder Le Verre Francais Cameo Glass Vase
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
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Art Deco Glass Vase by Charles Schneider (1881-1953)
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
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Art Deco Mottled Vermillion Glass Vase W/ Wrought Iron by Majorelle & Daum
By Charles Schneider
Located in New York, NY
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By Charles Schneider
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Pair of Art Deco Pale Green Frosted Glass Vases by Schneider
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Located in Miami, FL
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