Jardinière with Dragonfly and Water Lilies Émile Gallé. Nancy, 1906-1914.


Jardinière in ground and acid-etched glass (“cameo” glass), decorated with a dragonfly and water lilies in bloom. Acid-etched signature ‘Gallé’ on one of the two short sides.

Dimensions: 12,5 x 30 cm.



Historical Stylistic Analysis:

Pioneer of Art Nouveau and founder of the École de Nancy, Émile Gallé (1846-1904) was a master glassmaker and brilliant designer. In the 1890s, he began the production of ‘cameo’ glass vases, obtained by acid etching. This particular vase belongs to the ‘Cameo’ production. Based on the signature, it can be traced back to the period between 1906 and 1914, the years immediately following the master’s death. As for the decorations, depicting a dragonfly in flight above the water with water lilies and lake reeds, they can be identified as one of the characteristic ornamental themes of Gallé’s production. This kind of oriental taste was extremely beloved from the artist.

Duncan A., de Bartha G., Gallé. Le Verre, Friburgo (Svizzera), Office du Livre S.A., 1985, pp 178 e 182, figg. 264 e 272.

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