Learn about Galle, Emile

Emile Galle, (1846-1904) was a French designer of glass, furniture and jewellery and leader of the Nancy School in the applied arts. He was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the French glassmakers of the late nineteenth century.

Born in Nancy, the son of the owner of a prosperous glass and faience factory, he studied botany, drawing and landscape painting and from 1862 to 1864, the techniques of glass production at Weimar Art School in Germany. After further travels, study and work he returned to Nancy in 1873, and began to produce fine pottery, jewellery, and furniture in his own glass studio. In 1874 he was given control of the family glass business.

Galle began experimenting with coloured glass, attempting to improve the range of colours without diminishing the transparency of the material. These early experiments culminated in the vivid blue glass, created by means of cobalt oxides, which came to the attention of the discriminating public at the Exposition Universelle in 1878 in Paris, where he received four gold medals.

At the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris his glass art became the icon of the Art Nouveau movement. more...

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Cameo cut glass vase, of ovoid wasted shape decorated with a scrolling floral design, signed Galle. Height 24 cm

Cameo cut glass vase, of baluster form raised on a spreading foot, signed Galle. Height 23 cm

A Galle cameo glass vase, French, circa 1900, signed Gall e, 34.5 cm high

Emile Galle small glass cameo vase decorated with a bucolic scene, signed 'Galle'. Height 13.4 cm

Emile Galle small cameo glass vase decorated with flowers, signed Galle. Height 7 cm

A Galle cameo glass floor vase, circa 1910. Acid etched and wheel engraved with blue flora against an amber ground, 57 cm high

An Emile Galle glass landscape vase, French, circa 1905 signed Galle. 26 cm high

An Emile Galle carved cameo glass cherry-blossom vase, French, circa 1900 moulded signature Galle. 32.5 cm high

An Emile Galle carved floral decorated cameo glass vase, French, circa 1900 signed Galle. 22 cm high

A Emile Galle 'Chrysanthemum' glass vase, French, circa 1900 intaglio mark E. Galle, Nancy, Cristallerie. 31 cm high

An Emile Galle cameo glass landscape vase, French, circa 1905 moulded mark Galle to the body. 35.5 cm high

An Emile Galle cameo glass vase, French, 20th century, signed Galle. 30 cm high

Emile Galle (French 1846-1904) an overlaid and etched glass Plafonnier, circa 1900, of shallow dome form, with orange foliate and floral design, signature in cameo, with original brass mount, restoration to mount, small chip to inside rim, 45 cm diameter

Galle cameo glass vase. Blossom & foliage decoration. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Height 18 cm

A small Galle cameo vase, circa 1904-1914 of straight sided tapering form with a single layer light green thistle acid etched design over an ecru frosted ground, bearing the posthumous starred signature of Galle in relief to the body. Height 10 cm

A Galle style cameo glass vase the vase is cameo cut decoration depicting leaves and flowers. Signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 36.5 cm

A Galle cameo glass middle Eastern vase the vase is cameo cut decoration in a middle Eastern pattern, depicting an exotic castle with bridge crossing, palm trees, foliage and mountain scenes. Signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 36.5 cm

A Galle cameo glass rose bowl the bowl is cameo cut decoration depicting leaves and flowers. Signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 10 cm. Length 28 cm. Width 22 cm

A large Galle vase, overlaid and etched with foliate leaves and plums on soft amber ground, signed Galle, 40 cm high

A Galle specimen vase overlaid and etched, decorated with trailing lilies, signed Galle, 25 cm high

A Galle leaf cameo glass cabinet vase with yellow matt base and polished brown overlay autumnal leaves. Signed, circa 1900. Height 8.8 cm

A fine Galle floral cameo glass seule fleur vase of banjo shape with matt orange ground and polished brown floral overlay. Signed, circa 1900. Height 17 cm

Very rare Galle Nancy enamelled textured green glass vase, with applied silver base with trailing flowering vines, private collection France 25 cm high. Silver Minerva mark with maker F. L

An exhibition quality Galle cameo and opalescent glass vase, circa 1920 baluster, with a tubular neck, cameo cut with delphiniums in full bloom in colours of violet, blue and brown on a rich yellow ground, Galle cameo signature to lower side, (small manufa

A large art glass vase, Attributed to Galle, of substantial proportions, the square form smoke glass vase internally decorated with red and white flecking, unsigned, 41 cm high

Galle two colour cameo glass vase, early 20th century, wisteria pattern, cylindrical shape with pinched rim, signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 30.5 cm

Galle three colour cameo glass vase, early 20th century, landscape pattern, Ovular cylindrical shape with flanged rim, signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 25 cm

Galle three colour cameo glass vase, early 20th century, Columbine pattern, conical shape with flared rim, signed 'Galle' in cameo. Height 29.5 cm

Emile Galle, small cameo glass vase acid etched decoration of purple and green hydrangeas, acid etched signature to side 'Galle', height 10 cm

A Galle baluster cameo vase overlaid and etched with tiger lillies in purplish brown shades to a subdued yellow ground, signed in cameo Galle 29.5 cm high

A Galle tall cameo glass vase, circa 1900 the slender form overlaid with delphiniums in soft shades of blues with green leaves to a subdued yellow ground, cameo signature Galle 31 cm high

A Galle narrow neck tall cameo glass vase overlaid with stylised black trailing flowers and leaves to an amber ground, cameo signature Galle 40 cm high

A Galle pear shaped cameo vase overlaid and etched with foliate motifs in ivory, purples and brown to a soft tangerine ground, cameo signature Galle, 36.5 cm high

A Galle slender triangular cameo 'Paysage de Verre' vase and a smaller Galle cameo glass vase, circa 1910 overlaid and acid etched depicting lake scenes with trees to foreground, both signed in cameo Galle (2) 20.6 cm; 18 cm high

A Galle cameo ' Paysage de Verre' vase, circa 1910 of waisted cylindrical form, overlaid and acid etched depicting an estuary with mountainous backdrop and trees to foreground, cameo signature Galle 32 cm high

A Galle cameo glass vase, circa 1904 of tapering ovoid form, overlaid and acid etched with variegated purple chrysanthemums to yellow ground, signed in cameo Galle 29.2 cm high

A Galle slender cameo glass vase overlaid and acid etched with red poppies to a yellow ground, cameo signature Galle 30.2 cm high

A rare Galle enamelled and gilt spill vase of cylindrical form finely decorated with trailing blue 'Forget me nots' and tiny dragonfly to the reverse, surmounted with a loose bow supported on a circular scalloped base signed to base E.Galle 20.5 cm high

Galle vase in brown & yellow tones depicting a rural landscape. Height 19.5 cm

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