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Emile Galle

Emile Galle

Walnut chair with ombelles

Walnut chair with ombelles

Emile Galle 1846-1904
France
1902
Height 95 cm

This chair once belonged to Emile Galle himself. One of the last designs made by Emile Galle before he died in 1904. The main theme is the great flower ombelliferes from the Kaukasus. The garden of the Ecole de Nancy has several of these flowers as a hommage to Galle. They are enormous . More then two meter high. The back of the chair is the flower and the stem of the flower goes to the ground to make the two behind legs.

The chair is not only a chair, but mostly a piece of art. It was made in 1902, one of the last art nouveau pieces to be made. Not mass produced, only produced for Emile Galle himself and the Hannon house. This chair has been in several exhibitions. The last one was in the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris 1985-1986. It has always been the property of the Galle family, the last one was the grandson of Emile Galle, Jean Bourgogne. Gallery Tiny Esveld bought the chair from this inheritance. Mrs Esveld thinks this is the first time a chair like this one has been on the market. It is great opportunity that it is for sale. All the other chairs are in the musea, like the Ecole de Nancy, Musee d’Orsay or the museum of decorative arts in Paris.

Provenance: grandson of Emile Galle. Appears in a photo of the interior of ‘La Garenne’, Galle’s house in Nancy. Presented at the l’Ecole de Nancy exhibition in Paris in 1903. Displayed at the Galle retrospective in Paris at the Musée du Luxembourg in 1985-1986. Literature: illustrated on p. 280 of the Galle catalogue, Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, 1985-1986.

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