• 20th Century Decorative Art  & auction at Christies

    Sale 7759

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    27 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    EMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)

    RARE INTERCALAIRE VASE, 1914

    Price Realised  

    EMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
    RARE INTERCALAIRE VASE, 1914
    cameo glass, internally decorated, the surface acid-etched with decoration of a belligerent Prussian eagle, the Cross of Lorraine and thistles of Nancy bearing human features
    11 in. (28 cm.) high
    signed in cameo Gallé and 1914


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    The decoration on the vase may be interpreted as a metaphor for the defence of Nancy in 1914. The caricatured faces on the thistles may represent those of Générals de Castelnau, Joffre and Foch.

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