Schneider, Le Verre Français

History

The two brothers Charles and Ernst Schneider both worked for the factory Daum in Nancy  in the beginning of the 20th century and there they learned the technique of blowing and etching the glass.

In 1913, just before World War I, they founded a factory of themselves in Epinay sur Seine and started tot develop a new style with more firm lines and more clear colors. The vases of the factory Schneider had already more features of the Art Deco than of the Art Nouveau. They imported new forms and new colors in the world of glass industry that was those days dominated by Daum and Galle.

Le Verre Francais

They developed two production lines in the glass factory with two different styles: glass with the signature “Le Verre Francais” and the other line with only the signature “Schneider”.

The line of Le Verre Francais made cameo glass that existed out of several layers of etched glass. The motifs of the decorations were inspired by the nature, but were represented in a more abstract way and therefore the glass objects show a great difference with the style of the glass of the factory of Gallé or Daum.

They created their own specific style that you can recognize on the very contrasting colors on the glass object. For example notice the contrast between orange and yellow on many pieces of the factory Schneider-Le Verre Francais.  Therefore the colors make nowadays a more modern impression and the art objects of the factory Schneider can be placed easily in a complete modern interior.

The vases of the line Le Verre Francais were produced in higher numbers than the art objects of the other line of this factory. These glass objects with only the signature “Schneider” are more rare to find and therefore rather expensive.

Signatures and Originality

There are different signatures: Le Verre Francais on the foot of the vase and Charder (=Charles Schneider) in the middle of the vase. Sometimes both the signatures are represented on the vase.

In the early vases of the factory there is no signature at all or a small glass stick melted into the glass object with the three colors of the flag of France, the so-called “Berlingot flag”. When a vase has a small Berlingot flag than it is an early one made just after World War I.
See for the right patters and signatures the book: Charles Schneider, Le Verre Francais- Charder Schneider by Marie-Christine Joulin and Gerold Maier, Augsburg, 2004.

There are very good copies on the market nowadays and the forgers become more and more better. You can only recognize the originals by watching the details and also making mistakes. Only watching the signature you cannot recognize the fakes or the original ones.

Schneider

The glass of this line of the factory exists also out of clear contrasting colors. But just not representing the scenery of the nature is the most important difference with the line of Le Verre Francais. The signature of the name of Schneider is mostly sand blast and   underlined. The line started from the last character. Mostly is this blasted name difficult to read in the glass, it depends of the way the light falls in.