The auction dedicated to Emile Gallé’s artistic glasswork achieved a total of €1,458,063, with 82.4% of the lots sold and 90.7% in value. A group devoted exclusively to works by the artist, and of such high quality, had not appeared on the market since the Sotheby's sale in New York 25 years ago. This sale offered a variety of Emile Gallé's most accomplished works, executed between 1894 and 1904: a prolific period when the artist developed his technical and aesthetic explorations to an extraordinary degree.
The "La Nature" bowl, a masterpiece from a Japanese collection, formerly in the Robert Walker and Alain Lesieutre collections, achieved the highest price in the auction, soaring to €247.500.The other highlight of this sale was the "La Giroflée de muraille, L’amour est plus fort que la mort" vase, which achieved € 235.500. This so-called "talking" vase is the most flawless example of Gallé's talent and was presented at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 with his other most skillful glass pieces.
This rare collection brings together unique works created by Emile Gallé. These pieces perfectly demonstrate the skillful way in which the artist interpreted the natural world using different shapes and shades of glass and crystal.
There are 51 lots in the auction, a third of which come from the same European collection. The highlight of the sale is 'La Nature', an impressive ‘marqueterie sur verre’, an internally decorated cameo glass bowl, produced around 1900. This work can be considered as very modern as it is decorated with an almost abstract or symbolic landscape.
Gallé’s great virtuosity is also well represented by LaGiroflée de muraille, L’amour est plus fort que la mort, a ‘marqueterie sur verre’, wheel-carved cameo glass vase parlant with applied studs, produced in 1900 and presented at the Paris Universal Exhibition the same year.