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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A French marquetry inlaid mahogany 'Tulipes' jardiniere stand, by Emile Galle, circa 1900 Signed Emile Galle, Nancy

Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) designed French Art Deco palisander bedroom suite. Comprising an armoire, a double bedstead, a bedside cabinet and a gentleman's armoire. Armoire: 218 cm high, 152 cm wide, 45 cm deep, the bedroom suite designed by Louis Majorel

Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) outstanding nine piece French palisander dining room suite. Stamped: Louis Majorelle. Comprising of a three leaf extension table, six matching dining chairs, a three door raised back sideboard, and a small dessert. 126 cm high,

A fine marquetry two tier table by Galle, French, circa 1905, signed in marquetry. 77 cm high, 69 cm wide and 42 cm deep

A Continental Art Nouveau ash and marquetry bedside cabinet in the manner of Emile Galle, late 19th century, the square top inset with variegated pink marble and with a low shaped back above a frieze drawer, an open compartment, and a low marble-lined cupb

A Continental Art Noveau Ash and marquetry armoire in the manner of Emile Galle, late 19th century, the moulded and panelled cornice above an asymmetrical arrangement of a tall door enclosing a hanging space, a shorter mirrored door enclosing shelves, and

French Art Nouveau table c.1890, by Emile Galle, signed within the marquetry top has trees in a scenic landscape constructed with various inlay veneers. Height 67.5 cm. top. Length 58 cm. Width 37.5 cm

A nest of four fine marquetry tables by Emile Galle, French, circa 1905, signed

Emile Galle (1846 - 1904), a nest of four marquetry occasional tables, each table finely decorated with landscape marquetry inlay, marquetry signature Galle, (4), the largest table. Width 58 cm. Depth 38.5 cm. Height 69.5 cm

A rare Emile Galle French walnut, marquetry and mother-of-pearl inlaid two-tier side table, with water lilies and signed in marquetry Galle.

Emile Galle side table, French, inlaid with sunflower design; inlaid signature on top

Pair of Art Nouveau walnut display cabinets by P. Dumas, identical to one shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, in the 'Ombelle Pattern', with domed tops, a large central cabinet with two glazed doors, smaller cabinets to either side, three wide lower dra

An Emile Galle marquetry mixed wood Art Nouveau side table, signed 'Galle' with marquetry work on table top

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