For a vase of this form see, Christian Debize, Émile Gallé et le Verre, La Collection du Musée de L'École de Nancy, Metz 1998, p.99. Here Debize states that the Musée de L'École de Nancy owns Louis Hestaux's studies which include those for this series of wares and dated 1884.
For another similarly inscribed vase see, Tim Newark, Émile Gallé, London, 1989, p.18.
This vase is one of a series based on Villon's poem which was set to music by Brassens and is concerned with the passage of time and thoughts of lost beauty.
A vase of this design was sold in these rooms, Applied Arts from 1880, 21st October 1988, lot 11.
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