Worked with Malfin Glass
Jean Sala (1895 – 1965) was a Spanish glassmaker and designer. With his glassmaker father, he arrived in Paris in 1905. He designed clear crystal vases and chandeliers for the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis while working in his father’s studio.
His glassblower father primarily taught him, and is now regarded as one of the most accomplished Art Deco glass artists. He created various funny, spontaneous designs from his little atelier on the Left Bank, which usually included a simple form and applied ornamental embellishments. In contrast to his contemporaries’ sophisticated work, Sala’s creations used the textural aspects of malfin glass, a coarse substance loaded with bubbles and imperfections. Sala displayed his work in several notable Paris galleries, including Galerie Georges Petit and Rouard, and at the significant yearly salons of the time, such as the Salon d’Automne and the Société des Artistes Décorateurs. Antoine Bourdelle and Marcel Sandoz, two sculptors, were among his acquaintances, and he occasionally cast pieces in glass by them.
In c1953, he moved away from glassmaking and into the antiquities business.