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On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery

Emile Gallé

Plaquette
1901 (cast)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze, cast, uniface
Brief Description
Plaquette, bronze, depicting Emile Gallé, by Henry Nocq, France, dated 1901
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.6cm
  • Width: 12.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'H.N.' (signed in monogram)
  • EM.GALLE (above)
  • HOMMAGE CORDIAL DE HENRY NOCQ (below)
Object history
Bought, £2 7s. 11d.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
162-1906

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