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Émile Gallé French Walnut and Fruitwood Marquetry Two-Tiered Pedestal


This Art Nouveau two-tiered French walnut square pedestal with carved and fruitwood marquetry decoration, by Émile Gallé, has two shelves, each with elegantly refined marquetry depicting oblong leaves of varying shades. Supporting the double tiered structure are four sinuous, ribbed legs that come together in a glorious arched form, reminiscent of the grandeur of classic gothic architecture.


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Item #: F-15583
Artist: Émile Gallé
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 40" height, 17" width
Materials: French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry
Signed: "Gallé"
Literature: Pedestal pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 253, plate 18

Émile Gallé balances refined, subtle and geometrically oriented decoration, or “marquetry,” in this composition with great architectural complexity of structure, creating a work that exhibits cleanly his mastery in furniture design.