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Lot 104: Émile Gallé, Cameo Glass Lamp Magnolia, circa 1900
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Colorless, multilayered glass, inner layer matted, with purple-yellowish overlay and relief etched magnolia decoration, fire-polished; patinated bronze mount
Design and manufacture: Émile Gallé (1846-1904), Nancy - Best known French representative of Art Nouveau in the field of arts and crafts; designer of ceramics, glass and furniture in the style of historicism and Art Nouveau; design circa 1900, manufacture circa 1918-1931
Etched signature Gallé on the wall of the lampshade and on the foot
Height, including lampshade: c. 60 cm
Diameter of lampshade: 26 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Germany
Émile Gallé is considered one of the best glass artists of his time. He succeeded to combine intense colors with the transparency of the glasses. He made significant progress in the development of glass art. His vases and lampshades are highly sought-after collector's items and are exhibited in many museums around the world. Gallé was deeply influenced by nature. He was extremely fascinated by plants and implemented them into his designs. He was also influenced, like many craftsmen of his time, by Japonism, which is reflected in the ornamental decoration of some of his glasses.
The lamp shows some minor scratches, otherwise the condition is very good. During a short-term test, the lamp was in working condition, but long-term functionality cannot be guaranteed.
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 along with Augustin and Antonin Daum, René Lalique, and Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. (cko)
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