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Émile Gallé

“Hortensia” Table Lamp

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Émile Gallé

Émile Gallé

“Hortensia” Table Lamp

“Hortensia” Table Lamp

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Lot sold:

52,920

USD

Émile Gallé

“Hortensia” Table Lamp


circa 1904

acid-etched and wheel-polished cameo glass, patinated wrought-iron

shade and base signed Gallé

30 ½ in. (77.4 cm) high

14 ½ in. (36.8 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. The lamp presents very well overall and displays great sculptural presence when seen in person. The glass presents with scattered and minor air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent to production. The glass surfaces throughout with occasional minor surface scratches, scuffs and discoloration consistent with age and handling, not visually distracting and only visible upon close inspection. The rim of the shade and central glass stem with slightly more concentrated scuffing from contact with the metallic elements over time. The central glass stem presents with some minor looseness, not detrimental to the functionality or stability of the piece. The wrought iron surfaces are in very good condition and display occasional and minute areas of discoloration and light soiling concentrated to the recessed areas of the design. One foot with a very minor surface accretion at the edge of the leaf that is not visually distracting. Two of the leaf-shaped elements of the base show some very minor movement, not detrimental to the stability of the piece. Two of three shade arms with later protective felt pads. A highly naturalistic piece displaying the designer’s talents as a glass artist and metalsmith. The lamp has been re-wired to American standards. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. 

Christie's London, April 30, 2008, lot 14
Acquired from the above
Philippe Garner, Émile Gallé, London, 1976, p. 48 (for a design with identical wrought-iron mounts)
Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Gallé Lamps, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2014, p. 28, pl. 3.4