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P. Nicolas

Paul Nicolas Paul NICOLAS
Laval 1875 - Nancy 1952
Glass decorator, glassblower

D'Argental, vase, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy Paul Nicolas, Thistle decorated vase, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy Paul Nicolas,Vase decorated with diamond shapes, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

Upon completion of architectural studies at the Nancy Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paul Nicolas entered Emile Gallé’s crystal glassworks in 1893 as a decorator under the supervision of Louis Hestaux. There he acquired a solid and complete training as a glass decorator thanks to the trust he earned from Emile Gallé. Due to his knowledge in botany, he was in charge of creating floral compositions. Certain pieces displayed by Gallé at the 1900 World Fair were in fact largely designed by Nicolas.

After the war, Paul Nicolas left Galle’s company and found with Paul Mercier, Eugène Windeck and Emile Villermaux the Graveurs Réunis (United Engravers) association. From then on, his work was signed D’Argental (with a Lorraine cross) or L’Art Verrier. After 1923, Nicolas was self-employed until the end of his life and employed up to fifteen workers. Several prizes and distinctions, notably in 1925, 1936, and 1937, reward more than forty years of quality glasswork.

Paul Nicolas was a member of the Ecole de Nancy since 1901.