Vase with Magnolias

Object Name: 
Vase with Magnolias

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Object Name: 
Vase with Magnolias
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2009.3.61
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 16.4 cm, Diam (max): 7.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1895-1900
Web Description: 
As popular in his own time as he is today, Emile Gallé was an artist whose passion and invention are still inspirational. He transformed glass vessels from the functional to the sculptural, and from the decorative to the poetic. In his writings on art, Gallé frequently extolled the beautiful glass object as balm and nourishment for the soul. Quoting the Belgian Symbolist poet Maurice Maeterlinck, Gallé wrote, “A beautiful thing does not die without having purified something.” He continued, “[Maeterlinck] believes in the magical virtue of beauty.” Gallé was a dedicated horticulturist, and his experience of nature was personal and direct. His vases represent a diversity of flowers, ranging from the snowbells of the Alps to the lotuses of the wetlands. This teardrop-shaped vase, made of colorless, light brown, and brownish black glass, is decorated with cameocut magnolia flowers and leaves. In Victorian flower symbolism, the magnolia represents nobility, perseverance, and the love of nature. The brown-black glass, which Gallé called “hyalite” (or hyalith), was specially developed for his vases de tristesse (sadness vases), which were meant to inspire reflections on mortality and the passing of time. Signed “Emile Gallé Cristallerie Nancy” on the base. For more information on Emile Gallé’s vases de tristesse, see Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Glass by Gallé, London: Thames & Hudson, 1984, pp. 29–30.
Provenance: 
Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen, Source
2009-07-14
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Emile Galle Cristallerie Nancy
signature
Engraved Base
Primary Description: 
Blown, cased, cameo-cut glass. Brown and colorless glass vase has slightly flared foot with tear-drop shape which narrows at top with flared rim. Vase is decorated overall with cameo cut designs of leaves and flowers. Base has been cut with flower and signature info.
Emīru gare no garasu: ketteiban; エミール・ガレのガラス : 決定版 / 山根郁信編 (2019) illustrated, p. 63 (left);
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, p. 42, #28; BIB# AI79879