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Émile Gallé French Walnut and Fruitwood Marquetry Vitrine


This rare and unique French Art Nouveau vitrine by Émile Gallé has a frieze of carved moths across the top, and an elaborate marquetry scene of tall grass and falling leaves, caught in an invisible wind, sprayed across the front. Three of the four drawers have cast bronze pulls in the moth motif, complimenting the embellishments of this unique vitrine. The sides of the drawers are flanked by tall, curving, carved irises radiating from the feet. The inside back of the case features blooming irises in marquetry of equal intricacy.


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Item #: F-18680
Artist: Émile Gallé 
Circa: 1905 
Dimensions: 66" height, 41.5" width, 18" depth 
Materials: French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry, Bronze
Signed: "Gallé"
Literature: Similar vitrine pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 81

One of the fathers of the Art Nouveau movement, Émile Gallé is known for including sweeping, sinuous lines and playing with negative space in his creations. This piece particularly exemplifies those two aesthetic techniques at their height, and cement this incredible vitrine as one of the most special of all Art Nouveau creations.