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Émile Gallé "Plum" Cameo Glass Vase


This mold-blown cameo glass "Plum" vase, by Émile Gallé in the Art Nouveau style, most prominently features applied blue and yellowish-burgundy rounded plum fruits, arranged in bunches and framed by highly detailed deep burgundy and brownish leaves. The vegetal motif works its way charmingly around the vase, so that it appears as if a branch, heavily laden with the delicious fruit, is wrapping itself around the vase. The multi-hued vine is presented on a bright yellow ground.


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Item #: G-19109
Artist: Émile Gallé
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 15.25" height, 8" diameter
Materials: Glass
Signed: “Gallé”
Literature: Similar vase pictured in Glass by Gallé, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1984, p. 196, plate 298

The plum fruit is a traditional symbol of patience and perseverance in Western cultures, perhaps for the finickiness of the plum tree when it comes to bearing its fruit. Here, we see an abundance of beautifully colored and fully ripe plums; the bountiful reward of exactly what it symbolizes.