Where it began:
Artist and designer Émile Gallé was born in Nancy, France, in 1846. As a child, he studied drawing and botany. He later learned the art of glassmaking and began his career at Meisenthal, France, an international center for studio glass. The son of a successful faience and furniture maker, Gallé returned to Nancy and joined his father’s earthenware and furniture factory, where he began experimenting with various intricate techniques in glassblowing. His first designs were lightly tinted glass decorated with engravings, but quickly he developed techniques for richly colored glass, which was carved or etched. After his grand success at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, Gallé became a celebrated designer throughout the world. He’s considered one of the major creative forces in the French Art Nouveau movement.
This charming mushroom-shaped lamp takes its inspiration from Gallé’s love of nature and everything organic and wild. Being a botanist, Gallé created designs derived from dragonflies, flowers,
and even the concentration of dew on leaves.
This lamp is gorgeous and relatively small. Use it to create an elegant and organic look on a living room side table or in a library or reading nook. The array of colored glass subtly emanates beautiful light.
Why we love it:
Not only is this a superbly made lamp, but it’s also a rare, historical gem, a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition.
Shop our curated selection of Émile Gallé cameo vases on The HighBoy.
1. Gallé Yellow Cameo Glass Vase | 2. Gallé Miniature Cameo Glass Stick Vase
3. Gallé Rare Black Thistle Cameo Glass Vase | 4. Gallé Miniature Purple Cameo Glass Vase
5. Gallé Four-Color Cameo Glass Stick Vase