Nancy, France 1846 – 1904
Nancy, Lorraine, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases earthenware, earthenware with painted underglaze decoration
Emile Gallé was the most prominent figure in the decorative arts in France at the end of the nineteenth century and the leading exponent of the Art Nouveau style. The influence of Japanese art and design, and his interest in the natural world of plants, insects and birds can be seen in his work. Gallé took over his family’s ceramic business in 1874, producing a large range of faience (tin-glazed earthenware) using advanced technical methods, before going on to develop the glass and furniture in the Art Nouveau style for which he is most well-known.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design