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Dance of Death Glass Tray

Dance of Death Glass Tray

“The Dance of Death,” 1919, attributed to Josef Fenneker (1895-1956). Fenneker designed over three hundred movie posters. His recognizable style drew largely on German Expressionism combined with a flair of aesthetic decadence. Dance of Death, also called Danse Macabre, is an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on the universality of death — no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The earliest recorded visual represented was reportedly a now-lost mural in the Saints Innocents Cemetery in Paris dating from 1424 to 1425.

In the potichomania process, the glass acts as both a foundation and protective finish, saving the step of varnishing. The original intent was to recreate Greek and Etruscan vases by simulating rare and expensive Sevrés porcelain.

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