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Émile Gallé "Le Cerisier" Carved Marquetry Vitrine


This elegant, four-tiered "Le Cerisier"or "Cherry Tree"vitrine, by the famed French maker, Émile Gallé, hosts a detailed marquetry background intricately depicting flowering cherry blossoms, with a fleur-de-lis brass shelf that's original to the piece, and a mirrored backing to view the backside of the enclosed collection. The original key, with delicate floral decoration, as with the entirety of this highly stylized vitrine's decorations, are evidence of Gallé's celebrated ability to infuse magic into every detail of a composition. This unusual piece was originally electrified when manufactured.

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Item #: F-19325
Artist: Émile Gallé
Country: France
Circa: 1915
Dimensions: 59.25" height, 15" width, 12" depth
Materials: Carved French walnut, Fruitwood marquetry, Glass, Mirror, Brass
Signed: "Gallé"
Literature: Similar vitrine pictured in Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 295, plate 17

The beginning of Émile Gallé's fascination with Japanese art can be traced back to his friendship with Hokkai Takashima, a Japanese nobleman, fellow botanist and member of the École de Nancy. Takashima introduced Gallé to a mesmerizing world of Japanese woodblock prints and textile designs, which he frequently incorporated into his work.