Emile Gallé Antique Glass

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Emile Gallé (French, 1846 ~ 1904) An artist, botanist and furniture designer, Gallé was the most famous of the Nancy Art Nouveau Glass-makers. He is best known for his Cameo Glass, which is made by layering coloured glass, using acid to remove part of the layers and on the better pieces adding wheel carved detail. His work normally signed Gallé in relief. Born in Nancy, France, in 1846, Emile Gallé is considered one of the most outstanding glass artists of his time, as he greatly contributed to the development of the art of glassmaking and to the Art Nouveau Style. He travelled in Paris, London and Weimar after his training, which included art, botany, and chemistry, and began producing fine pottery, furniture and jewelry. In 1873 he set up his own glass studio and a year later he took over his father’s glass and ceramics factory in Nancy. At the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris he was inspired by the glass works of some of his contemporaries. At the Paris International Exhibition in 1889, he presented his own new types of glass, including carved cameo and pate de verre work, new shapes of vases and extraordinary new colors. In 1901, he founded “”L’Ecole de Nancy”.

Throughout the 1890’s in his “”Cristallerie d’Emile Gallé””, he created abundant new glassworks and therefore employed a team of craftsmen-designers, who worked on his designs and applied his signature after his approval. In those years, he also exhibited his Art Nouveau works with great success, thus winning international awards, recognition through commissions and increased popular demand. After his death in 1904, his widow continued to run the glassworks until the outbreak of war in 1914, all the glass sold being marked with a star after his signature. The Gallé glassware, mainly made by acid etching on two and three layer cameo glass with landscape and floral designs, continued to be made until 1935, when the firm closed down.

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