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Émile Gallé Lighting

French, 1846-1904

“Art for art’s sake” was a belief strongly espoused by the celebrated French designer and glassworker Émile Gallé. Through his ethereal glass vases, other vessels and lamps, which he adorned with botanical and religious motifs, Gallé advanced the Art Nouveau ideology and led the modern renaissance of French glass.

Gallé was the son of successful faience and furniture maker Charles Gallé but studied philosophy and botany before coming to glassmaking later in life. The young Gallé’s expertise in botany, however, would inform his design style and become his signature for generations to come.

After learning the art of glassmaking, Gallé went to work at his father’s factory in Nancy. He initially created clear glass objects but later began to experiment with layering deeply colored glass.

While glassmakers on Murano had applied layers of glass and color on decorative objects before Gallé had, he was ever-venturesome in his northeastern France, taking advantage of defects that materialized during his processes and etching in natural forms like insects such as dragonflies, marine life, the sun, vines, fruits and flowers modeled from local specimens.

Gallé is also credited with reviving cameo glass, a glassware style that originated in Rome. He used cabochons, which were applied raised-glass decorations colored with metallic oxides and made to resemble rich jeweling. Gallé's cameo glass vases and vessels were widely popular at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, cementing his position as a talented designer and pioneer.

During the late 19th century, Gallé led breakthroughs in mass production and employed hundreds of artisans in his workshop.

Botany and nature remained great sources of inspiration for the artist's glassmaking — just as they had for other Art Nouveau designers. From approximately 1890 to 1910, the movement’s talented designers produced furniture, glass and architecture in the form of — or adorned with — gently intertwining trees, flowers and vines. But Gallé had many interests, such as Eastern art and ceramics. The Japanese collection he visited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (then the South Kensington Museum) during the 1870s had made an impression too.

Breaking free from the rigid Victorian traditions, Gallé infused new life and spirit into the art and design of his time through exquisitely crafted glass vessels and pioneering new glassworking techniques.

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Creator: Émile Gallé
Émile Gallé (1846-1904) “Oranges” A Rare Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Ceiling Light
By Émile Gallé
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Émile Gallé (1846-1904) “Oranges Soufflées” A Rare Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Ceiling Light Oranges Mould-Blown Cameo Chandelier Large triple glass ceiling light with a slightly rounded...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Art Glass

Émile GALLE (1846-1904) "Magnolias" Glass Lamp circa 1900
By Émile Gallé
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Émile GALLE (1846-1904) "Magnolias" Important Mushroom Lamp with Magnolias design, in multilayer glass with acid-etched decoration and wheel-engraved in yellow, purple, and pink tones of foliated and flowery branches, Gilt bronze frame with three claws and two lights Signed "Gallé" on both elements. Circa 1900 Bibliography : Gallé Lamps...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

French Art Nouveau Lamp by Emile Galle Cameo Cut Glass in Red Sunset Colors
By Émile Gallé
Located in New York, NY
A Magnificent and Rare Antique French Galle Signed Cut-Cameo Lamp with Original Signed Galle Cut-Cameo Shade, in Red and Yellow Sunset Colors. This floral motif Galle lamp is made in the art nouveau style with two-toned deep red flowers on a base and shade. The sharp edges of the floral design, which is all hand-carved, complement the smooth round mushroom-shaped shade and base. The rounded shape and delicate hand-carved glass of multiple colors and hues is a signature of Galle lamps. They typically form a cap-like shade over the thin tourine base. Another important feature of the lamp is the rounded finish on the rim, the glass is smooth at the rim—a sign that the lamp is authentic. This lamp exudes the soft romanticism of Art Nouveau. Gallé was a prominent glassblower and one of the most influential figures in the French Art Nouveau movement. Specializing in floral glassware...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Crystal, Bronze

Émile GALLE (1846-1904) "Paysage Vosgien" Glass Lamp circa 1900
By Émile Gallé
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Émile GALLE (1846-1904) "Paysage Vosgien" A multilayer glass lamp by Gallé With an etched decor of a green and blue Vosgien landscape on the foot and of flying eagles on the lamps...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

Gallè Tip - Impressive Large ART NOUVEAU MUSHROOM LAMP in multilayer glass
By Émile Gallé
Located in TEYJAT, FR
Gallè Tip - Unusual Large Art Nouveau Mushroom Lamp in multilayer glass Impressive Mushroom Lamp decorated with a landscape scene of mountains, river and tr...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Gallé Cameo Glass Table Lamp
By Émile Gallé
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exquisite cameo glass table lamp is the work of the famed Art Nouveau master Émile Gallé, one of the most highly regarded names in French glassmaking. The artist's appreciation ...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Émile Gallé Establishments, Seagulls and Sailors Table Lamp, France 1920
By Émile Gallé
Located in PARIS, FR
Superb and rare blue hued sailors and seagulls Gallé table lamp, France circa 1920s. In very good condition. Dimensions in cm ( H x D ) : 51 x 24 Secure shipping. Émile Gallé was a French artist and designer who worked in glass, and is considered to be one of the major innovators in the French Art Nouveau movement. He was noted for his designs of Art Nouveau glass art and Art Nouveau furniture, and was a founder of the École de Nancy or Nancy School...
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1920s French Art Nouveau Vintage Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Émile GALLÉ - Pomegranate Chandelier
By Émile Gallé
Located in Beaune, FR
Very beautiful chandelier / ceiling light with large glass paste basin decorated with pomegranates signed "GALLÉ". Red, yellow and white colors. Complete bronze frame and chain. This...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Art Glass

Rare Art Nouveau Multicolor Floreal Chandelier by Gallé
By Émile Gallé
Located in Roma, IT
Rare Art Nouveau, Cameo glass and cast bronze chandelier by Émile Gallé. The unusual relief overlay depicts floral patterns on a multicolored background. A beautiful disk that changes color when lit...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Art Glass

Gallé Cameo Glass Table Lamp
By Émile Gallé
Located in New Orleans, LA
This stunning cameo glass lamp displays the unparalleled artistry of the famed Art Nouveau master Émile Gallé, one of the most highly regarded names in French glassmaking. The artist...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Émile Gallé “Bats and Iris” Table Lamp
By Émile Gallé
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite Galle bat lamp is crafted from three-color cameo glass, featuring a delicate lavender-hued shade adorned with a golden finial, held aloft by th...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

Gallé Cameo Glass Table Lamp
By Émile Gallé
Located in New Orleans, LA
Statuesque and artfully etched, this exquisite cameo glass table lamp is the work of the famed Art Nouveau master Émile Gallé, one of the most highly regarded names in French glassmaking. The artist's appreciation of nature is on full display in the detailed Marguerite daisy pattern carefully etched in varying layers of colored glass. The blooms dance across the lamp's amber-colored form in mesmerizing shades of purple and red. When lit, the lamp emits an enticing warm glow. Nearly two feet in height, the lamp is much larger than is typical of Gallé's pieces, yet it maintains its grace and proportion. Émile Gallé opened a small woodworker's shop in 1885, where he began experimenting with marquetry in furniture and naturalistic glass designs. In 1889, he displayed his new glass creations at the Paris International Exhibition, where the designs and colors not previously seen caused an immediate sensation. The new style of Art Nouveau had begun to appear, and the movement's aesthetics and devotion to nature appealed greatly to the young Gallé. In 1894 Gallé built a manufacturing plant in Nancy and began creating his own designs from inception through production. Gallé personally developed many of the designs, and he was known to actively make alterations and approve the designs of his talented team of designers and craftsmen he employed at the "Cristallerie D'Emile Gallé." Signed "Gallé" on shade and base Circa 1920 Literature: A. Duncan, G. de Bartha, Glass by Gallé, London, 1984, p. 170, pl. 245 for another lamp of this model A. Duncan, G. de Bartha, Gallé Lamps...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Pagoda Lamp By Émile Gallé
By Émile Gallé
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Pagoda Cameo glass lamp is a highly rare and coveted example of Émile Gallé's mastery of glassmaking. Layers of vibrant color, from golden yellows to mauve, radiate from a backg...
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20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

French Art Nouveau Table Lamp by Emile Galle ''Vosges Paysage'' Cameo Glass 1900
By Émile Gallé
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Breathtaking French Art Nouveau table lamp by Emile Gallé early 1900 model: ''Vosges Paysage'' simply exquisite. Multilayer glass lamp with engraved decoration in brilliant reserve of a blue and green Vosges landscape, on the foot, and on the hat of eagles in flight, on an opaque yellow background. Gilded bronze mount with three claws and two lights. Signed "Gallé" in reserve, on both elements. Looks amazing when lit, museum worthy Art Nouveau piece and a must have for any collector This original Emile Galle lamp...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

Art Nouveau glass table lamp by Émile Gallé
By Émile Gallé
Located in London, GB
Art Nouveau glass table lamp by Émile Gallé French, c. 1900 Height 58cm, diameter 22cm This striking Art Nouveau lamp is by one of the style’s le...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Émile Gallé Lighting

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Glass

Exquisite Émile Gallé Table Lamp
By Émile Gallé
Located in Kingston, NY
This exquisite Émile Gallé table lamp is engraved "Calthas Marsh." It features a chiseled gilt bronze base with stylized leaf motif with a frosted co...
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1910s French Art Nouveau Vintage Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

Pair of 19th Century Galle Faience Lion Candleholder with Silver Candelabra
By Émile Gallé
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of signed Emile Galle (French, 1846-1904) rampant lion faience candleholders Heraldic lion holding a castle tower in rampart also holding silvered bronze candelabra Signed...
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Late 19th Century French Aesthetic Movement Antique Émile Gallé Lighting

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Bronze

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