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Art Nouveau French Cameo Glass Flower Soufflé Vase by Emile Gallé

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A very pretty early 20th century Art Nouveau cameo glass vase with attractive burgundy and deep red flowers against a peach field, signed Gallé Emile Gallé, 1846–1904 is considered a driving force behind the Art Nouveau movement and one of the most outstanding glass artists of his time. His naturalistic designs and innovative techniques greatly contributed to the development of the art of glass-making and to the Art Nouveau Style. Emile lived during an age of technological, scientific, and political explosion. He travelled extensively in Europe and witnessed techniques that would greatly influence his work such as cameo and enamelling. He began producing Fine pottery, furniture and jewellery before setting up his own glass studio in 1873 and taking over his father’s factory 4 years later. After being inspired by the glass works at the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris, particularly cameo works, Gallé made his mark as a true artist in glass at the 1884 Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris where he showed 300 pieces of great artistic variety as well as technical expertise. He returned to the International Exhibition in Paris in 1889 to present his own new types of glass. The pieces featured new vase shapes, extraordinary new colours, carved cameo and pâte de verre work. The event was a breakthrough for him and the Art Nouveau style in general, with his pieces beginning to be widely imitated (notably by the likes of the Daum brothers.) In 1894 Gallé built his own manufacturing plant in Nancy which throughout the 1890s employed a team of craftsmen-designers who worked on his designs, only ever applying his signature after his approval. Demand for Gallé’s work was high so there were 300 employees working at the factory and Gallé revolutionised the Art Glass industry by mass-producing pieces using Industrial techniques for the first time. He enjoyed great success exhibiting his Art Nouveau works winning international awards and recognition through commissions and increased popular demand, and in 1901 he founded and was first president of ‘L’Ecole de Nancy’. Gallé died in 1904 and his widow continued to run the glassworks until the war broke out in 1914. Glass sold since Gallé’s death was marked with a star after his signature and continued to be made until 1935 when the firm closed down.

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    Please note that our items are genuine antiques with considerable age. It is therefore normal that they will show some signs of wear and handling to the surface. This change to the surface is known as 'patina' and confirms the age of the item.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 6.3 in. x W 0 in. x D 0 in.H 16 cm x W 0.01 mm x D 0.01 mm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    SKU 6120
  • Reference Number
    LU3216313259801
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