GALLE Emile (1846-1904)

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EMILE GALLE – VASE, CIRCA 1900

VASE, CIRCA 1900
Engraved marquetry with a design of ray and aquatic flora
Powder inclusions and inclusion of shattered gold foils, hammered with small facets
Silver gilt mount with French Minerva mark
Vertically engraved signature

17 cm. high

No similar example known to exist

Bibliography
For the same shape of the mounted vase: Tsuneo Yoshimizu, The Glass Arts of Emile Gallé, Gakken 1985, n.144; without the mount n. 143 and 184
Georges de Bartha, Glass by Gallé, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1984, p. 59, n. 61 (EU 1900)

EMILE GALLE – IMPORTANT LAMP, CIRCA 1900

IMPORTANT LAMP, CIRCA 1900
Triple glass with metallic powder inclusions with a design of butterflies on the shade on a arborescent landscape. Fired polished and hammered
The mount in patinated bronze
Etched signature

70 cm. high
Diameter of the shade: 40.5 cm.

EMILE GALLE – “ANEMONES” VASE, CIRCA 1880-1884

“ANEMONES” VASE, CIRCA 1880-1884
Multilayered glass, internally decorated, acid-etched and finely wheel-carved

20.5 cm. high

Another example is in the collection of the Kitazawa Museum in Suwa, Japan

Exhibition
Emile Gallé – Nature and Symbol / Le Langage des Fleurs et des Choses Muettes, 16 January-10 April 2016, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; 24 April-5 June 2016, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, ill. p. 44, n. 027

Bibliography
L’Estampille, December 1978, ill. p. 16

Provenance
Jean-Claude Brugnot, Paris, 1974-1975
Private Collection, Italy
Acquired from the above

EMILE GALLE – “DRAGONFLIES” VASE, CIRCA 1895

“DRAGONFLIES” VASE, CIRCA 1895
Cylindrical vase in clear double layered glass, decorated with acid-etched radiant suns and
inclusions of metal oxides; embellished with two polychromatic enamelled dragonflies
Signed underneath by hand with a diamond point

21.5 cm. high; 11 cm. diameter

EMILE GALLE – VICTOR PROUVE – “LES CISELEURS DE LA MER”, 1900

“LES CISELEURS DE LA MER”, 1900
Pitcher of flattened form with wheel-carved aquatic decoration
Engraved signature

25.5 cm. high; 10.5 cm. wide; 3 cm. thick

One of four known to exist

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900
Exposition de l’Ecole de Nancy, Paris, Pavillon de Marsan, 1903
Salon de la Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1904
Roger Marx, un critique aux côtés de Gallé, Monet, Rodin, Gauguin…, musée des Beaux-Arts, musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, Nancy, 6th May – 28th August 2006, n. 162 in the exhibition the catalogue, ill. p. 220
Victor Prouvé, le Maître de l’art Nouveau à Issy, Musée Français de la carte à jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 11 May-14 August 2022

Bibliography
A. Duncan & G. de Bartha, Glass by Gallé, 1984, Thames & Hudson Limited, London, ill. page 58
Wood One Museum of Art, 2005, catalogue n. 63, ill. p. 64 (neck cut down)
The Paris Salons, vol. IV, ill. page 224

Provenance
Identical pitcher at the Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy and at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen
Similar model at the Roger Marx Sales, Paris, 13th may 1914, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, “Les Algues” n. 97 in the catalogue, ill. p. 17
The drawing of this piece with annotations by hand by Gallé is illustrated page 187 of the catalogue of the “Emile Gallé” exhibition presented in six Japanese museums in 2000-2001

EMILE GALLE – VICTOR PROUVE – FOOTED BALUSTER VASE D’ACCUEIL “PITIE” OR “CHARITE”, CIRCA 1899-1900

FOOTED BALUSTER VASE D'ACCUEIL “PITIE” OR “CHARITE”, CIRCA 1899-1900
Flaring waisted rim, nocturnal and symbolic subject depicting a woman supporting an old man wrapped in a blanket, the background designed as a landscape with bats in flight
Wheel engraved signature

27.8 cm. high

This is a unique piece executed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (See: Victor Prouvé 1858-1943, éditions Gallimard, 2008, p. 196) and the letter herebelow which Gallé addressed to Prouvé giving him instructions regarding the subject of the vase. He quotes Matthew 25:31-46
I was naked and you clothed me
I was a stranger and you welcomed me

Exhibition
Victor Prouvé 1858-1943, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, 17 May-21 September 2008, ill. p. 205, n. 144 in the exhibition catalogue
Victor Prouvé, le Maître de l'art Nouveau à Issy, Musée Français de la carte à jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 11 May-14 August 2022

Bibliography
Extracts from a letter by Emile Gallé to Victor Prouvé dated the 25th of January 1899
“… Thème décoratif. – Cette pièce devra faire partie d’une série rêvée par moi de Fruits spirituels, les uns bons et les autres mauvais. Celle-ci sera la pomme de sapin, vaguement rappelée par la forme du vase avec la large figuration neigeuse sur son épaulement de bronze, formant ainsi cadre au sujet inspiré de ce thème :
Car j’ai eu froid et vous m’avez réchauffé
J’étais étranger et vous m’avez recueilli
… Il s’agit donc de figurer un miséreux, demi nu, auquel des hôtes, eux-mêmes peu fortunés, offrent leur coeur et leur foyer ; Puvis, si je me souviens, avait prêté à ses hospitaliers homme et femme un grand âge, ce qui était touchant et faisait un rappel de Philémon et Baucis.
Afin de ne pas trop compliquer (car nous avons bien d’autres thèmes à dire, en un an !) un seul hospitalisé pourrait suffire, avec un pauvre accroupi frileux devant le feu, et des invités plus modestes et non moins intéressants, des oiseaux sur une place sans neige, un chien perdu qui dévore timidement à l’écart…
… P.S. – Bien entendu, je compte enlever le noir du col et n’en laisser que peu (vol de corneilles scématisées, ou écailles de sapin). Je laisserai la bague noire…” (La Revue des arts décoratifs, 1901, p. 312).
Victor Prouvé, le Maître de l'art Nouveau à Issy, Musée Français de la carte à jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 11 May-14 August 2022, ill. p. 12
Le Journal des Arts, n. 592, 24 June-7 July 2022, p. 21

Provenance
Acquired in 1999 from a private collection, France

EMILE GALLE – “AUX CAMPANULES” NEST OF FOUR OCCASIONAL TABLES, CIRCA 1900

“AUX CAMPANULES” NEST OF FOUR OCCASIONAL TABLES, CIRCA 1900
Graduated in size, sculpted wood, the tops inlaid in various woods, including rosewood, with magnolia, daisies and other flowers and leaves
Each signed Gallé
The largest: 75 cm. high; 70.5 cm. wide; 42 cm. deep

Bibliography
A table with the same sculpted decor is illustrated in: Gallé furniture, Antique collectors club, 2012, p. 174

EMILE GALLE – “CAVALIER PERSAN” BEAKER, DESIGNED CIRCA 1889

“CAVALIER PERSAN” BEAKER, DESIGNED CIRCA 1889
Glass, decorated with a Persian horse rider, in polychrome enamel on a background engraved with stylized and geometrical flowers and partly highlighted in gold, inclusion of shattered gold foils
Signed E. Gallé Nancy under its base
10 cm. high

Bibliography
Bernd Hakenjos, Emile Gallé, Keramik, Glas und Möbel des Art Nouveau, Hirmer, ill. p. 80

EMILE GALLE – BEAKER, CIRCA 1900

BEAKER, CIRCA 1900
Of flattened shape, acid-etched on frosted background, decorated in polychrome enamel with a woman with a basket, in the company of a child, surrounded by flowers
Signed in cameo
13 cm. high

EMILE GALLE – VASE, CIRCA 1900

VASE, CIRCA 1900
Small pear-shaped vase, clear glass overlaid with black and with platinum foil, acid-etched and entirely wheel-carved, hammered body
Signed in wheel-carved cameo
8.5 cm. high
Provenance
Formerly in the collection of Henri Flammarion

EMILE GALLE – RARE AND IMPORTANT CABINET, CIRCA 1900

RARE AND IMPORTANT CABINET, CIRCA 1900
Exotic marquetry inlaid wood, decorated with dragonflies and flowers, the front adorned with a dragonfly in relief
Signed
137 cm. high; 83 cm. wide; 44 cm. deep

Bibliography
Alastar Duncan, Georges de Bartha, Gallé Furniture, Antique Collectors’ club, 2012, ill. p. 292

EMILE GALLE – “BERCE DES PRES” LADIES DESK, CIRCA 1900

“BERCE DES PRES” LADIES DESK, CIRCA 1900
Variation of “Les Ombellules” desk exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900
Exotic marquetry inlaid wood, with botanical decor
With its key in gilt bronze
Signed GALLE

Bearing a paper label from the 1950/1960s on which can be read “N°7399 – Salle des Ventes – Santé
Frères et Cie – Pau » with the lot number, its description, the name of the buyer and the price
(the company Santé Frères et Cie put an end to its public sales in 1970)
157 cm. high ; 77 cm. wide ; 55 cm. deep

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900. A design, which can be compared to our desk, titled “Les Ombellules” by Emile Gallé himself in a publication at the time, was shown by the artist during the event.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris. A “Les Ombellules” desk, comparable to ours, is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay (inventory OAO 1467 coming from the Rispal donation)

Provenance
This desk was acquired by the former owner at a public auction in the 1950/1960s from the Salle des Ventes Santé Frères et Cie, rue Emile Garet in Pau. This company, which started out with public auction sales, simultaneously as a transporter, right after the post-war years, enrolled a notary or a court bailiff, but lost the office in 1970 when the French government appointed a ministerial officer as an auctioneer in Pau.

EMILE GALLE – TEA TABLE, CIRCA 1900

TEA TABLE, CIRCA 1900
Exotic wood
Two-tiered; the first decorated with sheep and their shepherd in the sunset, the second embellished with hydrangeas and butterflies
Signed on the top shelf
83 cm. high; 84 cm. wide; 52 cm. deep

EMILE GALLE – TABLE, CIRCA 1900

TABLE, CIRCA 1900
Exotic wood
Removable upper tray
Decorated with aquatic plants and waterlilies on the upper part; flowers, waterlilies and a small frog on the lower part
Signed on upper and lower shelves
82 cm. high; 60 cm. wide; 41.5 cm. deep

EMILE GALLE – VERY RARE STORAGE CABINET, CIRCA 1897

VERY RARE STORAGE CABINET, CIRCA 1897
Marquetry panels decorated with irises
Rounded shape and shelves on the side, four drawers, handles in bronze
With its key
Signed in marquetry on a leaf at the bottom to the right
130 cm. high; 80 cm. wide; 35 cm. deep

Early Gallé work, never seen on the market
Not recorded in major contemporary books on Gallé

EMILE GALLE – “CRABE ET ALGUES” CHARGER, CIRCA 1900

“CRABE ET ALGUES” CHARGER, CIRCA 1900
Large charger in blue and amber glass, acid-etched with an aquatic scene of seaweed flowing in the water with a starfish and crab among the vegetation, all against a shaded blue glass background
Signed on the edge of the charger Gallé
40 cm. in diameter

EMILE GALLE – VASE, CIRCA 1890

VASE, CIRCA 1890
Baluster vase in clear glass overlaid in creamy white, etched and wheel-carved with an orchid and leaves, the surface and the base entirely hammered
Signed underneath with a diamond point Emile Gallé / à Nancy
Most probably made by Burgun & Schverer for Gallé
11.5 cm. high

EMILE GALLE – VASE, CIRCA 1895

VASE, CIRCA 1895
Honey-colored glass with polychrome and gilt enamel, decorated with orchids and leaves
Signed under its base Emile Gallé below an orchid and Déposé in enamel
12.5 cm. high

EMILE GALLE – “LA FORÊT LORRAINE” DESK, CIRCA 1900

“LA FORÊT LORRAINE” DESK, CIRCA 1900
Exotic marquetry inlaid wood
108 cm. high; 72 cm. wide; 50 cm. deep

Bibliography
An identical model is illustrated in the catalogue L’Ecole de Nancy, Art Nouveau et industrie d’Art, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, 2018, p. 96
Alastar Duncan, Georges de Bartha, Gallé Furniture, Antique Collectors’ club, 2012, ill. p. 239