Designer Spotlight: Émile Gallé

Émile Gallé was a French artist who worked primarily in glass and came to be known as one of the major artists during the French Art Nouveau movement. Gallé was born in Nancy, on May 8, 1846. He was the son of a faience and furniture maker and as a youth Gallé studied drawing, philosophy, and botany. He learned the art of glassmaking at Meisenthal and then worked at his father’s factory before launching his own career. He began by using clear glass decorated with enamel but soon developed his own style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs. The natural motifs in his work would become extremely popular during the Art Nouveau movement. His later work featured elements like metallic foils and air bubbles and revitalized the glass industry by building a workshop that was able to mass reproduce his and other artists’ designs.

To add a piece of glassmaking history and ingenuity in your home visit AntiquitiesWeb. Our collection of Émile Gallé pieces will add color and beauty to your space. These are the pieces of Émile Gallé work we have in our store:


 Signed Gallé Glass Vase, Art Deco 1900′s.


Circa 1904-1914, Cut with trailing vine and pendant grapes, in tones of peach and brown, signed Galle in Cameo after a star. France.


Circa 1904-1914 Grey glass overlaid in purple and cut with pendant sweet peas, signed Galle in cameo after a star. France.


French Art Deco Table – two tiered table made of walnut with inlaid exotic woods. Signed Galle to upper right. France circa 1900.


French Art Deco Table – two tiered table made of walnut with exotic woods inlaid in floral designs. Signed in marquetry Galle. France circa 1900.


Cameo glass and wrought iron lamp, early 20th century. The shade of rich amber tone, overlaid in iron-red and decorated with trailing nasturtium flowers, leaves and seeds, the base cast with formalized leaves and raised on ball feet. Cameo signature “Galle” to shade, base stamped “983″.

If you’re looking for a unique piece of glass, a gorgeous end table or vase contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antiques are unique, original, and timelessly beautiful. Whether you are looking for a beautiful Art Nouveau antique or a new piece of glass art, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.

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