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EMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)

Emile Galle ceramic inkwell (1880 France)

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European Dimensions

16.00 cm high   39.00 cm wide

UK/USA Converted Dimensions

6.30 inches high  15.35 inches wide

Item Provenance & History

Galle's grandson .

Current Item Condition

good

Item Description / Dealer Expertise

This writing set or inkwell was made by Galle in 1880 by Saint Clement. He was so fond of it ,that he kept it for himself. It is a unique piece, museum quality . It stayed in Galle's family for all these years. Recently the last member of the family died and we had the chance to buy it. It is beautiful. Galle pictured his favourite subject, which is the sea, in this writing set.
Small hippocampus and shells and a sea scenery. 39 cm long.
One godet replaced. This inkwell was in the big exhibition about Galle in the museum of Orsay in Paris in 2004.There is a picture of it in the catalogue.

The ceramic writingset has the sea as main theme. Galle was born in Nancy in 1846 and discovered the sea in 1870 when he was as a volunteer in Toulon. He was enchanted by the sea and the secret life under water. Shells and hippocampus were favorite subjects. On the writingset the lids are decorated with hippocampus. Algues decorate the side and between them, there are shells. The set is completed with a painting of a harbour scene. The set is made in blue and white ceramic and gold and blue painted. Signed E.Galle.Nancy. Made around 1880. When Galle took over his father’s factory in 1877, he changed the signature from Galle into E. Galle Nancy. He used this signature for about ten years. Later when he was famous he left out the E and Nancy. The writingset is a unique object that stayed in Galle’s family for all these years. It was exhibited on the big retrospective in 2004 in musee d’Orsay in Paris. There is a picture on page 34 in the book: Le testament artistique d’Emile Galle.

Het inktstel heeft de zee als onderwerp. Galle is geboren in Nancy en heeft de zee pas laat ontdekt. In 1870 diende hij als vrijwilliger in Toulon en daar begon zijn fascinatie voor de zee. Een terugkerend onderwerp is het zeepaardje. De twee dopjes van het inktstel zijn versierd met zeepaardjes. Algen en schelpen versieren de rand van het wit –blauwe met goud verhoogde keramiek. Van achter is het gesigneerd E.Galle. Nancy. Rond 1880 in Frankrijk gemaakt. Toen Galle in 1877 de fabriek overnam van zijn vader, is hij gaan signeren met E.Galle. Deze signatuur heeft hij 10 jaar gebruikt. Daarna was hij zo beroemd , dat hij de “E” en “Nancy” wegliet. Het inktstel is een uniek exemplaar dat altijd in de familie is gebleven. Het is tentoongesteld op de tentoonstelling in het musee d’Orsay in 2004 naar aanleiding van het honderd jaar overlijden van Emile Galle. Afgebeeld in de cataloog: Le testament artistique d’Emile Galle, blz 34.

EMILE GALLÉ
Type Artist/Maker
Country of origin France
Born 1846
Died 1904

Emile Galle was born in France in 1846 and his training included art, botany, and chemistry, three subjects which he combined in his brilliant designs for glass and other mediums (pottery, furniture, jewelry). His father, Charles Galle, owned a glass and ceramics factory in Nancy. After much travelling and training, fighting in the war between France and Prussia, working for the glass company "Burgun, Schverer et Cie" in Meisenthal, Galle settled back in Nancy and set up his own glass studio in 1873 where he initially made classical forms of glass with classical, intricate, enamelled designs.
Moving on from these designs to botanical themes, again in enamelled glass, it was not until the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris, when Galle saw the work of his contemporaries such as John Northwood and Joseph Locke from England (cameo glass) and Eugene Rousseau (pate de verre) that he developed new and adventurous designs for his glass. Eleven years later at the Paris International Exhibition (1889) Galle exhibited his own new types of glass, including carved cameo work and many new colours. His achievements earned him recognition in the French Legion of Honour.
Even in those early years, Galle made two distinct qualities of glass. On the one hand his "poems in glass", masterpieces that took hours and hours of patient work to make. And on the other hand, his high quality art glass designed to be less expensive to make but still an object of beauty, good enough to carry his signature. This was later to develop into what is today called "industrial Galle".
In 1894 Galle built a massive new glassworks in Nancy, and ended his dependence on the Burgun, Schverer glassworks for producing some of his glass. He employed a team of craftsmen-designers, who worked to the edict that all Galle designs should be true to nature. Galle himself modified and approved these designs before they were made by teams of craftsmen in his Cristallerie D'Emile Galle.
Throughout the 1890's Galle won awards at international exhibitions and recognition through commissions and popular demand for his work. His techniques and style were copied by many other glassmakers who advertised their glass as "Galle style". He was a major influence on the Art Nouveau movement.
Galle died in 1904, whilst directing the work on new designs from his bed. After his death Mme Galle, his widow, continued to run the glassworks and to make Galle glass until the outbreak of war in 1914, marking all the glass sold by the works after his death with a star after the name Galle.
Emile Galle's son in law, Paul Perdrizet, re-opened the Galle glassworks after the war. With new workers and new designs, they focussed on two and three layer cameo glass with landscape and floral designs, made by acid-etching. These were popular for some years, but the company did not keep pace with the changes in style in the late twenties, and closed down in 1936.

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Galerie Tiny Esveld

Galerie Tiny Esveld
Frilinglei 9
Brasschaat
2930
Belgium

Contacts: Mrs Tiny Esveld
Telephone: + 32 3 3125190
Fax: +32 3 3125190
Website: www.tinyesveld.com
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French Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass and furniture. Specialized in Emile Galle, Daum Nancy and Charles Schneider, Louis Majorelle and Louis Icart.