Émile Gallé

French artist and designer, 1846-1904

Émile Gallé's father owned a factory for glassware and a faience factory in Nancy. At the age of sixteen Gallé went to work for the family business as an assistant to his father, making floral designs and emblems for both faience and glass. After studying philosophy and natural sciences in Germany, Gallé worked as an apprentice at a glass factory in Meisenthal. In 1874 he took over the family business and soon expanded. He founded shops in Paris, Frankfurt and London and led the company to international success with his innovative designs. More than 300 employees worked for the company in 1889. Émile Gallé is considered to be the most important artist of French Art Nouveau in the applied arts.

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Gallé, Emile

French artist (1846-1904). „Les fruits du jardin de la Lampe (Conte des Mille-et-une-Nuits)“. Autograph manuscript signed (“Gallé“). No place or date. 8vo. 1 page.
$ 3,356 / 2.800 € (76612)

A floral fantasy, written probably as an inspiration or as an inscription for one of his pottery: „Et sur ces arbres fruitiers grimpaient les lambrusques dont les baies étaient des boutons de pierreries, turquoise vierge, pierre lazuli et lapis améthyste. Mais d'autres étaient des courges à la moelle et des coloquintes, translucides comme jade [...] Aladin n'eut garde d'omettre d'en cacher une parmi toutes les gemmes, baies d'amour et pommes de merveilles qu'il fit déposer aux pieds du Sultan de la Chine.

[...] La princesse Badroulboudour trouva cette courgette semblable au jade persillé de Boukhara. Elle ne se méprit pas à l'intention du message en y voyant ramper le hanneton de feu de la rose [...]“..

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