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Émile Gallé "Aux Grenouilles" Marquetry Umbrella Stand

$55,000

This French Art Nouveau "Aux Grenouilles" stand for umbrellas and walking sticks, by Émile Gallé, incorporates frog, or "Grenouille," handles and feet in cast bronze, a decorative fillip that provides an otherwise utilitarian piece of furniture with a novel and charming appeal. The stand's feet are syntheses of the legs of a pickerel frog and the feet of a lion. The front of the marvelous piece is divided into three separately sized vignettes, the largest of which, taking up the entire left side fo the composition, depicts a gentle, abstracted vegetal scene with a simplified dragonfly swooping through stylized plant forms. The bottom right vignette, executed in darker, earthier tones, more legibly captures a landscape of mushrooms, while the very top right scene, interestingly carved in deep relief, appears to be a fully abstracted and highly stylized depiction of a beautifully amorphous natural form.

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Artist: Émile Gallé
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 27.5" height, 18.25" width, 9.5" depth
Materials: French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry, Gilt bronze ormolu hardware
Signed: "Gallé"
Literature: Similar "Aux Grenouilles" umbrella stand pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Antique Collectors' Club, p. 287, Plate 5
 

While Émile Gallé's artistic antecedents created chimeric creatures of their own, their fabrication was more of a fantasy than a representation of reality. By the turn of the century, the rapidly developing field of microbiology had rendered the creation of chimeras a foreseeable event.

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