Emile Galle – faience

Faience lion with cobalt painting, height 43 cm, around 1900
Faience lion with cobalt painting, height 43 cm, around 1900.

Emile Galle was born in Nancy (Lorraine) on May 4, 1846 in the family of Charles Galle-Reinemer, an entrepreneur who produced art glass and ceramics.

After the death of his father in 1874, Emil took over the family business and started his own workshop. Emile Galle became world-famous for glassware, which was so popular that the glassware of his workshop was called “Galle glass”.

Set of six faience plates, 23 cm in diameter, decorated with botanical motifs, circa 1890
Set of six faience plates, 23 cm in diameter, decorated with botanical motifs, circa 1890.
Faience vase decorated with a marine motif in blue and white, height 20 cm, circa 1900
Faience vase decorated with a marine motif in blue and white, height 20 cm, circa 1900.

In parallel with the glass factory, the production of ceramics continued to operate. Emil, having received his education in Weimar, underwent a two-year internship both at the glass and faience factories of the family.

In his work, Emile Galle professed the principles of the emerging Art Nouveau style and made a significant personal contribution to the formation of these very principles. All the great artists, poets and people of creative professions of that time experienced a general fascination with Islamic, Chinese, Japanese art. This is evident in many of Halle’s creations. His work in ceramics is not as famous as his glass, but is interesting as one of the facets of his versatile talent.

Earthenware jar with a marine theme, 12.5 cm high, irca 1900
Earthenware jar with a marine theme, 12.5 cm high, irca 1900.
Faience jardinière in Japanese style, diameter 38 cm, circa 1910
Faience jardinière in Japanese style, diameter 38 cm, circa 1910.
Marqueterie-sur-verre glass vase with silver, coral and ivory decor, Emile Galle
Marqueterie-sur-verre glass vase with silver, coral and ivory decor, Emile Galle.
Glass bowl with marble imitation, Emile Galle, circa 1903
Glass bowl with marble imitation, Emile Galle, circa 1903.
Engraved, enamelled and gilded glass-framed clock, Emile Galle, circa 1880
Engraved, enamelled and gilded glass-framed clock, Emile Galle, circa 1880.
Plum blossom table lamp, frosted opaque cameo glass, etching, 33 cm high, Emile Galle, circa 1900
Plum blossom table lamp, frosted opaque cameo glass, etching, 33 cm high, Emile Galle, circa 1900.
Faience cats with polychrome floral decoration, height 33 cm, circa 1900
Faience cats with polychrome floral decoration, height 33 cm, circa 1900.
Wall pockets in faience with polychrome floral decoration, height 33 cm, 1900
Wall pockets in faience with polychrome floral decoration, height 33 cm, 1900.
Set of faience figurines of heraldic lions with clock, height 50.5 cm, mechanism Vilmotte Fils à Liége, circa 1900
Set of faience figurines of heraldic lions with clock, height 50.5 cm, mechanism Vilmotte Fils à Liége, circa 1900.
Gallé blue and white faience decorated with seascapes, thistles and the cross of Lorraine
Gallé blue and white faience decorated with seascapes, thistles and the cross of Lorraine.
Cylindrical two-handled vase with thistle and grasshopper in smoky enamelled glass, decorated with gold, Emile Galle, circa 1880
Cylindrical two-handled vase with thistle and grasshopper in smoky enamelled glass, decorated with gold, 1880.
Lemonade service in enamelled smoked glass reinforced with gold, Emile Galle, circa 1880
Lemonade service in enamelled smoked glass reinforced with gold, 1880.
Engraved and enameled bowl decorated with floral designs, Emile Galle
Engraved and enameled bowl decorated with floral designs, Emile Galle.
Cylindrical vase with lilies of the valley in hot-formed glass with marquetry, Emile Galle, circa 1898-1900
Cylindrical vase with lilies of the valley in hot-formed glass with marquetry, 1898-1900.
Table lamp Magnolia, blown cameo glass, etching, bronze fittings, height 74 cm, Emile Galle, circa 1910
Lamp Magnolia, blown cameo glass, etching, bronze fittings, height 74 cm, 1910.
Table lamp, cameo glass, etching, height 41 cm, Emile Gallé, circa 1900
Table lamp, cameo glass, etching, height 41 cm, Emile Gallé, circa 1900.
Table lamp with conical laminated glass lampshade decorated with blue leaves on a yellow background, Emile Galle, circa 1910
Table lamp with conical laminated glass lampshade decorated with blue leaves on a yellow background, 1910.
Faience cat with glass eyes with polychrome floral decoration, height 32 cm, Emile Galle, circa 1890.
Cat with glass eyes with polychrome floral decoration, height 32 cm, 1890.
Faience cat with polychrome floral decoration, height 35.5 cm, Emile Galle, circa 1900
Faience cat with polychrome floral decoration, height 35.5 cm, 1900.
Faience bowl with polychrome decoration and gilding, Emile Galle, 1880-1890
Faience bowl with polychrome decoration and gilding, 1880-1890.
Closed coffee-mug, faience, Emile Gallé, circa 1890
Closed coffee-mug, faience, 1890.
Hydrangea table lamp, etched glass, patinated wrought iron, height 77 cm, Emile Galle, circa 1900
Hydrangea table lamp, etched glass, patinated wrought iron, height 77 cm, 1900.
Chrysanthemum table lamp, cameo glass, patinated bronze, height 75 cm, Emile Galle, circa 1900
Chrysanthemum table lamp, cameo glass, patinated bronze, height 75 cm, 1900.
Vase with spring landscape, Emile Galle
Vase with spring landscape.
Japanese style vase, Emile Galle
Japanese style vase, Emile Galle.
Large faience jug with a bird's head spout decorated with unglazed male masks, 35 cm high, circa 1900.
Large faience jug with a bird’s head spout decorated with unglazed male masks, 35 cm high, circa 1900..
Like this post? Please share to your friends:
Culturical