An extremely rare French Art Nouveau Marqueterie-Sur-Verre "Iris" glass vase by, Emile Gallé decorated with marquetry carved all over purple iris' with red centers signed, "gallé"
Sotheby's New York: December 14th, 2004 Lot 611
Dresdner Internationale Kunstausstellung, 1901
Paris Salons 1896 - 1904 Glass & Ceramics: Vol. IV; by, Alastair Duncan ©2001 pg. 232
Glass by Galle; by, Alastair Duncan and George De Bartha ©1984 pg. 109 fig. 153
Gallé, exh. cat., Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 1985 pp. 54, 209.
Émile Gallé (Nancy, 8 May 1846 – Nancy, 23 September 1904) was a French artist who worked in glass, and is considered to be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau movement. Gallé was the son of a faience and furniture manufacturer and studied philosophy, botany, and drawing in his youth. He later learned glassmaking at Meisenthal and came to work at his father's factory in Nancy following the Franco-Prussian War. His early work was executed using clear glass decorated with enamel, but he soon turned to an original style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs, often in two or more colours as cameo glass. His friend and patron Robert de Montesquiou sent him to Bayreuth with a recommendation to Cosima Wagner, which led to a great enthusiasm for Parsifal. His career took off after his work received praise at the Paris Exhibition of 1878. Within a decade of another successful showing at the Paris Exhibition of 1889, Gallé had reached international fame and his style, with its emphasis on naturalism and floral motifs, was at the forefront of the emerging Art Nouveau movement.