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c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases
  • c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases

c1890 Pair of Emile Galle Art Nouveau Trefle Faience Vases

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£5,000.00


Product Description

A beautiful and very desirable pair of Art Nouveau Faience Pottery Vases by the famous Emile Galle.

The pair of vases have an organic round folded shape, in the form of a 3 leaf clover (trefle), in cross section. The pottery has finely decorated with painted flowers, foliage and birds on cream glaze, highlighted with gilding, in a slightly Japanese style. The top edge is typically painted in red. The base is signed 'E. Galle - Nancy' and carries the EG monogram. Condition is very good, but there is a small hairline crack in one of the vases, which would be very easy to restore.

Émile Gallé (1846 - 1904) was a French artist who worked in pottery, glass, and furniture. He is considered to be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau movement. Although better known for his more often seen cameo design glass objects, Galle started decorating and making faience pottery at the family factory, in the 1860s. after the end of the Franco Prussian War (1870-1871), in which he fought.
When Gallé entered the family crystal and porcelain business in 1867, his father Charles Gallé-Reinemer handed over the artistic direction of the firm. Thenceforward, the younger Gallé determined the aesthetic vision of the glass it produced, with the emphasis upon motifs inspired by nature.

In the 1880s, the influence of Japanese art starts to be felt in the artist's work. Since the Exposition Universelle of 1878, Gallé, like many artists and critics of the period, had discovered the art of Japan and he began to collect prints and objects. Far Eastern art had often been associated with the representation of flowers; the artist learned from the Japanese example and shared a sensibility with this civilisation, as is discernable in his treatment of decoration. His free and graphic representations of flowers are distant from the image of Gallé the botanist, where detail and scientific accuracy is paramount.
With these vases comes a scanned image of the previous owner's family apartment in Paris, circa 1910, showing the Galle vases on the mantlepiece.

Size: 14.5 x 25 cm (5 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches)
Weight: 2920 g

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