Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Handblown Glass Vase by Charles Schneider



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 circular base. Bulbous forms- resembling accretions of melted wax- hang from each side like abstracted gargoyles, imbuing the piece with a dynamic and sculptural quality that can be appreciated from every vantage. The glass has an abundance of miniscule bubbles of varying sizes, suggesting effervescent water. With its unique and captivating form and impeccable construction, this vase is not only a perfect vessel for presenting flower arrangements, but an objet d'art in its own right. It is signed "Schneider France" on the base. Excellent condition. France, circa 1950 Dimensions: 7.25" diameter X 7" height.


Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Maker

Charles Schneider

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.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2003
1stDibs seller since 2004
1,453 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

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".

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Glass



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...

Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Vases


Wrought Iron

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...

Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Vases


Art Glass

Rosenthal Mid-Century Modern Twisted Glass Sculptural Vase Vintage
By Rosenthal
Located in North Miami, FL
This shape and variance in this twisted and staggered Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal glass vase is usually seen in white porcelain rather than in clear glass. This is unusual now in th...

Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Glass



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.

Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Vases


Art Glass

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...

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vases

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Hand Blown Murano Art Glass Flower Vase, Italy
By Murano 5
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant Mid-Century Modern sculptural hand blown Murano art glass vase in blue, light purple and clear tone. The vase is heavy. Simply lovely.

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases


Murano Glass

Midcentury Bubble Vase by Charles Schneider
By Charles Schneider
Located in London, GB
Heavy glass vase with elliptical bubble pattern, circa 1950s, with etched signature (see detailed image).

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Vases


Glass, Glass

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery