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Tubular/long-necked Vase With Toothwort (Lathraea) and a Verse by Victor Hugo remember

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Emile Gallé (1846-1904)ca. 1899NancyCameo glass with engraved décor and Vitreous enamel; paintingH 36,8 cm; Ø 12,7 cm

Through the study of the art of East-Asian glass, the French glass artist Emile Gallé was inspired to create his own cameo glass pieces. Today, his work rank is among the most beautiful and preeminent of Art Nouveau glass art. Also a cultivated botanist, Gallé chose to mostly decorate his work with motifs found in the plant kingdom, and thus, Gallé is credited with creating the desirous the floral embellishments that were characteristic of French Art Nouveau. Gallé, who was also famous for being a designer of exquisite furniture, aspired to create works of glass and furniture that speak for themselves, therefore they were designed to express the language of nature, set the tone and impart symbolism.