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Plaquette - Emile Gallé

Emile Gallé

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nocq, Henry, born 1868 - died 1944 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast, uniface

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR15

Henry Nocq’s cast plaquette pays tribute to the Art Nouveau glass made by Emile Gallé. Its delicacy and accuracy rival the best portrait traditions of Renaissance medal making and 19th-century photography. This plaquette was purchased direct from the artist.

Henry Nocq (1868- 1944), was a sculptor and medallist and one of the most qualified representatives of modern French Art. He studied under Chapu, and first began to exhibit at the Paris Salon in 1887.

Physical description

Plaquette of cast bronze. Emile Gallé. Signed H.N. in monogram (Henry Nocq). Oblong. Bust to right with specimens of pottery on either side; above, EM.GALLE. Below, HOMMAGE CORDIAL DE HENRY NOCQ.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1901 (cast)


Nocq, Henry, born 1868 - died 1944 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast, uniface

Marks and inscriptions

Henry Nocq
signed in monogram




Height: 11.6 cm, Width: 12.5 cm

Object history note

Bought, £2 7s. 11d.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, depicting Emile Gallé, by Henry Nocq, France, dated 1901

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1906, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 25
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 87, pl. 146
Vandenbrouck-Przybylski, Melanie, ' 'These should without delay be represented in our museum' Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French medals at the V&A', The Medal, No.61, Autumn 2012, pp.21-37, fig.9
Fisher, Wendy, French Medal Design in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Periods, London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, 2000.






Plaques & Plaquettes; Metalwork; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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