A Galle landscape vase inspired by the Vosges Date : c1910- 1921 Origin : Nancy, France Bowl Features : A five colour Galle cameo Marks : Incised Galle signature. There is an original paper label'Galle Nancy Paris'. There is also a retailer's label for Robin of Limoges Type : Cameo glass Size : Height 42.7cm (16 3/4 inches) Condition : Exemplary Restoration : None Weight : 3980 grams. This is one of the three finest Galle Landscape vases that we have ever seen. The other two are in a private collection in Switzerland.
The depth within the image is unequalled. This type of decoration is frequently and erroneously assigned to various named lakes. The mountains themselves give the location. La Lignes Bleu des Vosges. There are a few Galle vases with this name incised on the base with the same landscape and the in same colour palette.
It is widely accepted that the landscape series was produced prior to 1905. Firstly, the majority of Galle's early work was inspired by botany, flora and fauna. Secondly the incised signature variant and those signatures with the underscore adjoining the foot of the letter'G' rather than intersecting the vertical stem of the'G' do not appear often before 1914.
There are several famous images of the interior of the workshop showing large landscape vases being painted with bitumen resist and having the pontil polished. I have been involved in the antiques business since 1971. My career took a leap forward when I joined Bonhams in 1976. Some five years later I became head of the Decorative Arts department. The item "A Very Fine Monumental Galle Landscape Vase c1915" is in sale since Thursday, October 22, 2020.This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\French\Emile Galle". The seller is "eric-knowles-the-hoard" and is located in High Wycombe. This item can be shipped worldwide.