Vase

Émile Gallé, French, 1846 - 1904

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
c. 1903-1904

Medium:
Blown glass, cased, patinated, cut, and engraved with applied decoration and metal foil

Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches (29.2 x 16.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 160, European Art 1850-1900, first floor

Accession Number:
1905-46

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Joseph E. Temple Fund, 1905

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Additional information:
  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    Representing the latest and most advanced of Émile Gallé’s dazzling decorative techniques, this dragonfly-adorned glass vase was purchased at the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair by trustee John T. Morris on behalf of the Museum. Gallé’s studies in botany, horticulture, and mineralogy are evident in the impressionistic, naturalistic style he invented. To create a realistic effect, Gallé applied the dragonfly to the surface of the vase in partial relief—its eyes glinting from gold and silver foil backings, its engraved wings mottled with ash. Gallé favored this motif, once inscribing in French a similarly decorated vase, "Made by the lover of quivering dragonflies." Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, p. 221.


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