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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
08/25/2022, 07:40:13

up to now i may have been confused about Rousselet lampwork glass and galalith beads and necklaces, etc. assuming if not Venetian, then they must be Bohemian/Czech, or from German workshops relocated from Czech, or perhaps french.
or is it that he often chose unusual shapes from existing workshops.
As I see more examples it appears that many distinctive types, colours or complex lampwork shapes are attributed to Rousselet and are displayed in vintage items online, some with high price-tags.
Many are threaded on skinny brass foxtail chain, many have fat oval screw clasps bearing the wording "made in France". i know there was/is a shop in Paris that has or had his jewellery.
Years ago Gabrielle Liese - founder of the Bead Museum, Arizona, identified some loose beads in my historic collection as Rousselet.
Now I am aware that my knowledge of his work is very sketchy and i need to acquire more evidence and less guesswork.
there is an online FB group of Rousselet collectors which shows examples but I hope to find lots more research and documentary proof of the sources.



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Posted by: Karlis Post Reply
08/26/2022, 17:28:58

The following article has a short section on Rousselet with images of some of his beads: M-J. Opper & H. Opper, “French Beadmaking: An Historical Perspective Emphasizing the 19th and 20th Centuries” https://www.academia.edu/12783249/



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Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
08/27/2022, 17:24:43

Hello Stef,

I suppose it was Gabrielle who first called my attention to Rousselet beads in the early/mid-1980s. I have, of course, read the Opper exposition too.

My impression is that, from his studio, a variety of products emerged under his name. Some of these he acquired from makers, when they had products he liked. And some he designed and had made. One could only guess whether these were factories or enterprises in France and/or elsewhere. Some of his glass beads are virtually unique—and these are the ones I most-associate with him.

Added to the above unknowns, we have the issue of whether an ensemble we might encounter was "made by him," versus something that may have been composed from whatever leftovers and reclaimed elements might be acquired (as from flea markets, estates, and whatnot).

I tend to think we are all guessing and in-the-dark. Wouldn't it be great to come across some old French exposition, that informed us of that time? You could read it. Whereas I would have to translate.

Jamey



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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
08/28/2022, 01:52:28


thank you to Karlis for the link to the article which i will hope to find among the back issues of the SBR publications...

dear Jamey i agree-
even though various online FB messages and images are from enthusiasts rather than scholars, its valuable to be prompted to look for more evidence about the beads and components' origins, more than only the similarities of taste and style. the lettering on the clasps "made in France" is one factor to start with... but the most fancy shaped glass lampwork beads may have been made in France using Venetian coloured glass canes ?
Are there other ways to distinguish german-made lampwork beads of the mid-20th C, or japanese?



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Posted by: homj Post Reply
08/28/2022, 02:42:12

Louis Rousselet great grand-daughter owns all the archives of the company. She's writing a book about Louis Rouusselet 's work
So now, everyone will know more soon.

Please look for our 2011,2012 Rousselet posts, also consult an another article in 1997 BEADS: Imitation pearls in France" with pics of Rousselet's workshops.

No , Stephany, the glass used by Rousselet was not venetian but made by the french factory Gilbert-Martin. Some time ago I purchased from Rousselet's grandson tools, equipment , glass from his grandfather workshop.

Pics from 2012:

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Thank you for the info. Please let us know when the book gets published!
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
08/28/2022, 07:58:15



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Posted by: Beadman Post Reply
08/30/2022, 17:19:06

Hello Mary-Jo,

I recall your article, this photo, and my surprise that Rousselet had made turquoise imitations It is all very interesting.

Yet these are not the beads I think of as particular to the Rousselet brand.

I will try to locate my beads, or a previous photo, for your feedback or impressions.

I hope you are well, and I miss you greatley.

Jamey



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