Rare Moser 1930s Engraved Bacchus Bowl, Seminude Men and Grapes

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This bowl is a treasure from a day gone by. The festoons and grape vines that surround the sides of the bowl frame two images of naked men, each holding a large bunch of grapes. The figures, presumably representing the god of wine, Bacchus, are demurely pictured behind strategically-placed, flowing banners. The bowl is in remarkably good condition, with only the slightest wear to the bottom. It is 5" high and 8" wide, and the delicate crystal weighs only a pound.

I bought this piece in an NYC auction, in a lot from the estate of a prominent New York collector. It must be a rare example; I cannot find another like it online or in the books I've searched. As you see in the photos, a previous owner/seller marked it as 1930s Moser. This is consistent with an online expert's note that this mark was used from 1926-1950.

From their website: "Ludwig Moser, the founder of our glassworks, was an inspirational person. A visionary, driven by his desire to push the boundaries of what it’s possible to create with lead-free crystal glass as far as he could. An artist who introduced exclusive decors and unique colors to the world of crystal glass. And, most importantly, a man who managed to gather together the best glass masters to create things never seen before."

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