Émile Gallé Two-Tiered "Dragonfly" Table
This two-tiered table by Émile Gallé features four legs that are the carved bodies of dragonflies, their wings outstretched and frozen mid-flight. The top of the table rests solidly on the dragonflies' heads and wings, with a fluid curvature in the corners, creating a crown for the winged creatures' heads. Marquetry on the table top depicts delicately blooming flowers on long-leafed stems, with shadows of foliage in the background. Decoration in darker tones and larger, starker motifs, decorate the lower tier, playing on the shadows in which it is naturally shrouded.
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Artist: Émile Gallé
Dimensions: 29.25" height, 31.75" width, 22.25" depth
Materials: French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry
Literature: Similar table pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 207, plate 192a