Overlay glass, acid-etched décor
Émile Gallé (1846-1904) – Best-known French representative of Art Nouveau
Signed ‘Gallé’ with star
Height: 32.5 cm
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 1,500 Euro
Oblong ovoid body on flat ground with cylindrical rim. Double overlay, acid-etched décor with the motive of an evening lake landscape with tree backdrop.
The vase is in an overall good condition. The rim presumably polished (formerly slightly everted). Occasional small nicks in the treetops with minor abrasions. Punctual few traces of red color in the area of the sky above the signature, otherwise generally of good impression.
Émile Gallé (1846-1904)
Émile Gallé began working in the ceramic and glass workshop of his father in his childhood. He went to study philosophy, zoology, botany and mineralogy in Germany. In 1874, he took over the fatherly workshop. He opened another studio in 1883 making more room for the production of faïence, glass and wood. He came to Berlin in 1885 to study the collection of Chinese glass art at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, which took substantial influence on his style. Shops of his objects opened in Paris, Frankfurt and London and he had more than 300 employees in 1889. Three gold medals honored his faïence objects. However, Gallé kept concentrating on glass objects. In 1901, he founded the École de Nancy for glass artists together with Augustin and Antonin Daum, René Lalique and Gabriel Argy-Rousseau.
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