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Rhododendron Blow Out Cameo Glass Lamp By Émile Gallé

  • Impressive in size and design, this magnificent mold-blown glass lamp is the work of Émile Gallé
  • Gallé is one of the most highly regarded names in French glassmaking
  • This lamp is much taller than most Gallé pieces, yet maintains grace and proportion

$288,500

CODE: EX.RBO

Description

Impressive in both size and artistry, this exceptionally rare mold-blown cameo glass lamp is the work of the famed Art Nouveau master Émile Gallé, one of the most highly regarded names in French glassmaking. The artist’s appreciation of nature is evident in the detailed Rhododendron pattern, with branches and leaves that scroll along the surface of the lamp. Careful wheel-carving and acid-etching reveal layers of vibrant color, which radiate from beneath the silhouette of the lamp’s remarkable blue flowers and foliate motifs, and the color provides a warm glow when the lamp is lit. Nearing two feet in height, the lamp is much larger than is typical of Gallé’s pieces, yet it maintains its grace and proportion.

Émile Gallé opened a small woodworker’s shop in 1885, where he began experimenting with marquetry designs in furniture and naturalistic glass designs. In 1889, he displayed his new glass creations at the Paris International Exhibition, where the designs and colors not previously seen caused an immediate sensation. The new style of Art Nouveau had begun to appear, and the movement’s aesthetics and devotion to nature appealed greatly to the young Gallé. In 1894 Gallé built a manufacturing plant in Nancy and began creating his own designs from inception through production. Gallé personally developed many of the designs, and he was known to actively make alterations and approve the designs of his talented team of designers and craftsmen he employed at the “Cristallerie D’Emile Gallé.”

Signed “Gallé” on shade and base

Circa 1900

17 7/8“ high x 13 1/2” diameter

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