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Émile Gallé Butterflies and Pansies Desk Organizer


This French Art Nouveau desk organizer, designed and executed by the master maker Émile Gallé, is decorated with both delicate marquetry and dramatic relief carving. The desk accessory with its three scalloped shaped shelves features butterflies, pansies, and bleeding hearts. In addition to the dynamically-shaped and decorated shelves, the piece features two petite drawers, wonderfully adorned with floral marquetry.

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Artist: Émile Gallé
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 16" height, 22" width, 9" depth
Materials: French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry
Signed: "Gallé"

The architectural complexity of an object so succinct in size is something simply something to marvel at; a viewer would be hard pressed to find a single straight line throughout the whole of the composition, and instead is rewarded with sinuous, sweeping rounded lines that twist and turn in a harmonious, continuous architectural framework.