E. Gallé

Glassmaker – Ceramist

« Leaves » Vase

Signed Gallé

Circa 1900


Height : 26 cm (10,2 in.) ; Width : 13 cm (5,1 in.)

Soliflore vase in multilayer acid-etched glass, in green tones and decorated with leaves.


Emile Gallé (Nancy, 1846-1904), as a ceramist, carpenter and glassmaker, is one of the founding artists of Art Nouveau. His father, Charles Gallé (1818-1902), already a major artist, had successfully launched the family business in the production of pottery. After school in Nancy, Emile Gallé went to Weimar in 1865 and studied there mineralogy. He then went to Meisenthal for learning glass and ceramics crafts. He added to this a good knowledge of woodworking and of natural sciences, the family passion, especially for plants that led him to drawing. In 1877, working hard, he took over his father’s activities and developed the firm. Participating in the 1878 Universal Exhibition, he was awarded four gold medals. His fame spread to the world then. At the 1889 Universal Exhibition, Emile Gallé was awarded the Grand Prize and was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor. About this time, about three hundred artists and artisans were working for him. He forbade his employees to carve a single flower without having seen himself the work before. The Universal Exhibition of 1900 was undoubtedly the crowning achievement of his career with two major awards and gold medals and was appointed Commander of the Legion of Honor. After his death, in 1904, his firm continued its production until 1936.

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