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Edris Eckhardt Cire Perdue Art Glass Sculpture Muffet
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Edris Eckhardt Cire Perdue Art Glass Sculpture Muffet

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Glass: American: Art Glass: Pre 1980: Item # 1083474
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This rare and beautiful 6-3/8" t. sculpture was made by Cleveland School artist Edris Eckhardt, who was a student of Guy Cowan's at the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art in the early 1930s and did some intern-style design for him. After the pottery closed in 1931, and around the time she graduated, Eckhardt became the head of the Cleveland Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, making storybook figurines in ceramics as a means of teaching children to read, while also keeping artists working as artists. One of her Mother Goose designs then was Little Miss Muffet.

Years later, in the 1970s and 1980s, she cast some of her 1930s designs--including this Little Miss Muffet--in glass, using a cire perdue (lost wax) process. The piece is signed in the glass along the rim.

There is a silver lustre glaze over the upper portion of the figure--and rich green and other colors around the lower portion. The silver allows some light to pass through, changing its look a bit during the day--or if spotlighted.

This piece is in original condition. There is one spot on the back of the base, where there appears to have been a chip that was polished. But no damage after the work left Eckhardt.