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ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
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ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)

'EUCALYPTUS' FOOTED COUPE, CIRCA 1904

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ÉMILE GALLÉ (1846-1904)
'Eucalyptus' Footed Coupe, circa 1904
multi-layer crystal with deeply wheel-engraved applications of eucalyptus leaves, flowers and fruit on a marbled foot
5 1⁄4 in. (13.5 cm) high, 5 in. (12.7 cm) diameter
engraved Gallé
Provenance
Georges de Bartha, Geneva
Emanuel Vozner, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1993-1994
Literature
A. Duncan, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Volume IV: Ceramics & Glass, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1998, p. 232
Émile Gallé et le verre: La collection du Musée de L'École de Nancy, Paris, 2004, pp. 11, 171, no. 307, and 176, no. 307 (for a related example)
Post Lot Text
Final image: Emile Gallé, Nigella study. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski / Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France / © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

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Lot Essay

Christie's would like to thank François Le Tacon for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

The Eucalyptus is a tree of Australian origin belonging to a genus comprising several hundred species. Seeds of Eucalyptus obliqua were first sown in 1774 at the Kew Gardens in England. The first field introduction (Eucalyptus robusta) took place in Italy in 1792 in Caserta. All species of Eucalyptus are sensitive to cold. No species can therefore develop in Lorraine. Gallé probably discovered the Eucalyptus during his trip to Italy in 1877. A large vase decorated with Eucalyptus appeared in Paris in 1903 at the Exhibition of l'École de Nancy in the Pavillon de Marsan. It appeared next to famous vases such as La feuille de rhubarbe and La feuille rongée. An example of the present coupe was shown at the Exhibition of the Société Lorraine des Amis des Arts organized in Nancy, Salle Poirel, in 1904. Very few example of this model are known to exist, and none has appeared at auction in decades.

– François Le Tacon, leading expert for the work of Émile Gallé and author, among others, of Émile Gallé L'amour de l'Art, les écrits artistiques du Maître de l'Art Nouveau, Éditions Place Stanislas, 2010 and Émile Gallé, ou Le mariage de l'art et de la science, Éditions Messène, Paris, 1995

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