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    Sale 7578

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    30 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    EMILE GALLÉ

    LIBELLULES GUERIDON, AFTER 1897

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    EMILE GALLÉ
    LIBELLULES GUERIDON, AFTER 1897
    carved walnut, the top of each tier inlaid with mahogany and various fruitwoods
    30 in. (76.2 cm.) high; 25½ in. (64.7 cm.) wide
    inlaid signature Gallé


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    This design met with derision when it was discussed in Le Figaro in response to the table's innaugral showing at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1898. Critics viewed the table as too revolutionary in design in comparison to the prevailing taste for traditional historicist styles.

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    Literature

    Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914 Volume III: Furniture, New York, 1996, p. 225 (contemporary photograph of model shown exhibited at the Exposition Universelle 1900);
    Philippe Garner, Emile Gallé, London, 1976, p. 9 (four pedestal variant of the design illustrated);
    Nancy Galeries Poirel, L'Ecole de Nancy, 1889-1909, Art Nouveau et Industries d'Art, Nancy, 1999, p. 157 (design illustrated).