EUGENE VALLIN – RARE MANTLEPIECE MIRROR FRAME, CIRCA 1900

RARE MANTLEPIECE MIRROR FRAME, CIRCA 1900
Carved wood and gilt stucco designed as “laser ribolum” leaves
174 x 110 cm.
Restored

Bibliography
Frédéric Descouturelles, Eugène Vallin Menuisier d’art de l’école de Nancy, imprimerie moderne, December 1998, ill. p. 84

EUGENE VALLIN – JACQUES GRUBER – FIRESCREEN, CIRCA 1900

FIRESCREEN, CIRCA 1900
Carved walnut with inlaid panels of etched glass with clematis flowers and leaves
123.5 cm. high; 104.5 cm. wide

Bibliography
Frédéric Descouturelle, Eugène Vallin, Menuisier d’Art de l’Ecole de Nancy, Imprimerie Moderne, Pont-à-Mousson, 1998, a variation of the design ill. p. 209
Victor Arwas, Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, Andreas Papadakis publisher, 2002, ill. p. 320

EUGENE GAILLARD – “TREFLE” LOWER TABLE, 1913

“TREFLE” LOWER TABLE, 1913
Padouk wood and walnut with four nesting tables
70 x 70 cm.

Another example of this design is in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Exhibition
SAD, Paris 1913

Bibliography
M. P.-Verneuil, Le Salon de la Société des Artistes Décorateurs, Art et Décoration, January 1913, p. 96
Laurence Buffet-Challié, Le Modern Style, Baschet et Cie éditeurs, Paris, n.d., ill. p. 53
Anne-Marie Quette, Le Mobilier Français – Art Nouveau 1900, éditions Massin, 1995, ill. p. 57

LOUIS HESTAUX – “NYMPHE, LIBELLULE ET CRAPAUD” MIRROR, CIRCA 1900

“NYMPHE, LIBELLULE ET CRAPAUD” MIRROR, CIRCA 1900
Sculpted pearwood and beveled mirror
Signed below
113 cm. high; 50 cm. wide

Exhibition
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1914, n. 2388 in the exhibition catalogue
Louis HESTAUX – Collaborateur de Gallé, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy, 1982, n. 69 in the exhibition catalogue

Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist’s family

A painter and wood carver, Louis Hestaux starts working for Emile Gallé at the age of 18 and soon becomes his closest and most trustful collaborator. He played a leading role in the design and conception of exceptional pieces of glass
and furniture which were exhibited at the Expositions Universelles of 1889 and 1900.
At Gallé’s death he became the firm’s artistic director. From 1882 until his death he exhibited for his own account paintings, drawings and carved wooden objects of symbolist inspiration and of rare beauty and artistic finesse.
He was a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and a board director of the school of Nancy since its creation in 1901.

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 – 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 – “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

EMILE GALLE – “OMBELLES” CHAIRS, CIRCA 1900

“OMBELLES” CHAIRS, CIRCA 1900
Pair of carved walnut chairs
Signed
95 x 47 x 43.3 cm

Bibliography
A. Duncan, Art Nouveau furniture, p. 258, pl. 1.
Philippe Garner, Emile Gallé, 1976, p. 23-24, p. 89
Ministère de la Culture – Edition de la Réunion des musées nationaux, Gallé, 1985, pp. 279-280
Bernd Hakenjos, Emile Gallé, catalog, vol. II, p. 174, n. 329

Provenance
Private collection Belgium

EMILE GALLE – “AUX LIBELLULES ET PAPILLONS” CONSOLE, CIRCA 1900

“AUX LIBELLULES ET PAPILLONS” CONSOLE, CIRCA 1900
Sculpted walnut and exotic wood marquetry, mother-of-pearl inlay and bronze
Signed
138 cm. high; 74 cm. wide; 46 cm. deep

Only one variant of the design is recorded

Bibliography
A. Duncan and G. de Bartha, Gallé Furniture, Antique Collector’s Club, 2012, a variant ill. p. 272, pl. 4

Provenance
Private collection, France

EDWARD COLONNA – ART NOUVEAU BING – SALON SUITE, CIRCA 1900

SALON SUITE, CIRCA 1900
Carved mahogany; comprising:
One sofa, two armchairs, two chairs
The sofa: 93 cm. high; 161.5 cm. wide
Each armchair: 101 cm. high; 64 cm. wide
Each chair: 92.5 cm. high; 46 cm. wide

Exhibition
Another example of this salon suite was exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle, Paris, in Siegfried Bing’s pavilion, L’Art Nouveau Bing, with a multitude of artworks including jewellery by Edward Colonna and other furniture and decorative objects by Georges de Feure, Eugène Gaillard and Marcel Bing

TONY SELMERSHEIM – CHARLES PLUMET – DISPLAY TABLE, TWO CHAIRS AND TWO ARMCHAIRS, 1899

DISPLAY TABLE, TWO CHAIRS AND TWO ARMCHAIRS, 1899
Ash and maple veneer
The table: 76 cm. high; 112.7 cm. long; 58.2 cm. deep
Each chair: 92.5 cm. high; 45.5 cm. wide
Each armchair: 96 cm. high; 67.7 cm. wide

Bibliography
L’Art Décoratif, November 1899, the table and a chair ill. p. 70

Provenance
Specially commissioned by the menswear shop “Roddy”, corner of the boulevard des Italiens and rue Drouot in Paris

EUGENE GAILLARD – ART NOUVEAU BING – CHAIR, CIRCA 1900

CHAIR, CIRCA 1900
Carved walnut, tooled, embossed and patinated leather
The model was first presented in the Art Nouveau Bing pavillon at the Exposition Universelle of 1900
105.5 cm. high

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900

Bibliography
Art et Décoration, August 1900, ill. p. 43 (the leather with a different design)
Renate Ulmer, Art Nouveau Symbolismus und Jugendstil in Frankreich, Arnoldsche, 1999, ill. p. 144, n. 132 (the leather with a different design)

LEON BENOUVILLE – TABLE, CIRCA 1901-1902

TABLE, CIRCA 1901-1902
Mahogany, marquetry and brass table with a floral decor in marquetry
91 cm. high
73 cm. wide
52 cm. deep

Bibliography
Alastair Duncan, Fin de siècle masterpieces from the Silverman collection, 1989, similar example ill. p. 118, n. 58

RENE LALIQUE – HECTOR GUIMARD – PAIR OF WALL-LIGHTS “ÉPIS DE BLÉ”, TRIPTYCH FOLDING MIRROR, FIREPLACE, CIRCA 1900

PAIR OF WALL-LIGHTS “ÉPIS DE BLÉ”, TRIPTYCH FOLDING MIRROR, FIREPLACE, CIRCA 1900
René Lalique (1860-1945)
Pair of wall-lights “Epis de blé”, circa 1908
Gilt bronze and moulded glass
65 x 43 cm.

Bibliography
L’Art Décoratif, n. 20, 1908, p. 54

Hector Guimard (1867-1942)
Triptych folding mirror, circa 1900
Gilt bronze with a vegetal relief decoration
The original drawing is in the archives of the Cercle Guimard, Paris
78.7 cm. high
102.5 cm. wide

Fireplace and surrounds, circa 1900
White marble and black painted cast iron
The fire-surround signed Hector Guimard lower right
137 cm. wide
112 cm. high
35 cm. deep

Bibliography
Guimard, Paris, Musée d’Orsay; Lyon, musée des arts décoratifs et des tissus, 1992-1993, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1992,
ill. p. 68

Provenance
Apartment located in one of the buildings designed by Hector Guimard rue La Fontaine, 16th Arrondissement, Paris

RENE DEFLANDRE – A MUSIC CABINET, 1900

A MUSIC CABINET, 1900
Chery wood; the figures in carved orange wood
170.5 cm. high
68 cm. wide

Bibliography
Meubles de style moderne à l’Exposition Universelle de 1900, Sections française et étrangères, published under
the direction of Th. Lambert, architect, Charles Schmidt editor, Paris, nd. ill. pl. 39, fig. 7

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle de 1900, Paris, section de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts et des Sciences industrielles, Toulouse

TONY SELMERSHEIM – CHARLES PLUMET – DESK, CIRCA 1900

DESK, CIRCA 1900
Sculpted pear wood and gilt bronze
131 x 161 x 88 cm.

Exhibition
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1897 for a variation of this design

Bibliography
Art et Décoration, April1897, the model without the side elements ill. p. 107
Der Modern Stil, Julius Hoffmann éditeur, 1899,
vol. I, ill. pl. 64, for the one exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts
Der Moderne Stil, 1903, ill. pl. 82

GEORGES DE FEURE – LA MAISON MODERNE – ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1900

ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1900
Walnut

Bibliography
Meubles de style moderne à l’Exposition Universelle de 1900, Sections française et étrangères,
published under the direction of Th. Lambert, architect, Charles Schmidt éditor, Paris, nd. ill. pl. 17, fig. 2
Ian Millman Georges de Feure Maître du symbolisme et de l’art nouveau, ACR édition, Paris, ill. p. 155
Art Nouveau: An Architectural Indulgence, New Architecture 6 October 2000, Andreas Papadakis publisher,
in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ill. p. 67
84 cm. high

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle of 1900, Paris

EMILE GALLE – VITRINE, CIRCA 1900

VITRINE, CIRCA 1900
Decorated with marquetry panels and sculptures
of snails, bats, peacock moth and acanthus leaves,
the base entirely sculpted with bats
Signed
191 x 93 x 50 cm.

Another example
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, Japon, inv. n° ANF-360901

Bibliography
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, Glass, Ceramic and Furniture, Japon, 2010, ill. p. 114 & 115
Georges de Bartha & al, Gallé furniture, Antique collectors club, 2012, ill. p. 299

LOUIS MAJORELLE – “LES BUTOMACEES”, CIRCA 1900

“LES BUTOMACEES”, CIRCA 1900
Carved and inlaid mahogany, with bronze handles
89 x 81 x 60 cm.

Another example of this design is part of the collection of the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, Japon, inv. n. ANF-663701

Exhibition
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900
Exposition de l’Ecole de Nancy au musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1903