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An Unusual Cameo Glass Table Lamp By Galle

The wide conical shade over bulbous body, decorated with deep blue leaves and pink flowerheads, on a cream and pink ground.

Cameo glass is a luxury form of glass art produced by etching and carving through fused layers of differently colored glass to produce designs, usually with white opaque glass figures and motifs on a dark-colored background. The technique is first seen in ancient Roman art of about 30BC, where it was an alternative to the luxury engraved gem vessels in cameo style that used naturally layered semi-precious gemstones such as onyx and agate. Glass allowed consistent and predictable colored layers, even for round objects. From the mid-19th century there was a revival of cameo glass, suited equally to Neoclassical taste and the French Art Nouveau, most associated, as is the case here, with the artist Émile Gallé.

Signed/Inscribed/Dated: Fire polished signature to shade and body.