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Not currently on display at the V&A


ca. 1900 (made)
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Materials and Techniques
Opaque glass over and inlay, worked in the molten state and wheel-cut
Brief Description
Vase, France, Lorraine (Nancy), designed by Emile Gallé, for Gallé glassworks, 1897-1900, 1623-1900 .
  • Height: 32.0cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Gallé' in gold and 'day-lilies' in Greek,wheel cut;'Emile Gallé Nancy-Paris no. 17496' paper label (Makers's mark)
Gallery Label
  • Label for 'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900', Gallery 101, de-canted March 2017: '18 Cameo-glass Vase About 1900 Gallé produced the subtle shades and textural variations seen here by using a combination of techniques. To make a deep, rich ground, he built up layers of glass coloured with different metal oxides. To create the surface decoration, he carved through the layers while the glass was still mallebble, in a technique called 'marquetry on glass'. The flowers are day lilies. France, Nancy; designed by Emile Gallé; manufactured by Cristallerie de Gallé Opaque glass with overlay and inlay, worked in the molten state and wheel-cut Museum no. 1623-1900'
  • The technique is 'marquetrie sur verre'. VASE 1632-1900 'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900' Gallè’s enormous vocabulary of glass techniques included the subtlest of colourings with the use of oxides or iron, cobalt, manganese, copper and chromium. In this vase he uses these metals to achieve a variety of amber-coloured glass layers employed in a technique called marquetrie sur verre (marquetry on glass). While in a warm malleable state the main body of the vase is impressed with layers of differing colours which are then carved on the wheel.(1987-2006)
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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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