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Nancy, France 1846 – 1904


France Died 1931

manufacturer (organisation)

Colchicums vase c.1900 Place made: Nancy, Lorraine, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, blown glass 'marqueterie-sur-verre' glass, marqueterie de verre decorations

Primary Insc: incised on base: 'Galle / Etude'
Dimensions: 17.4 h x 6.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1480

Emile Gallé, the leading exponent of the Art Nouveau style, revolutionised French glass at the end of the 19th century. The influence of Japanese art and design, and his interest in the natural world of plants, insects and birds informed his work. His studio and factory produced glass objects in a new asymmetrical style emphasising the physical properties of glass by allowing air bubbles and textures to become part of the design. This vase is Gallé’s marquetry de verre (glass marquetry) style, in which the decoration of the crocus flower is encased in layers of thick coloured glass.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design