Mastro April 2006
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Emile Galle (1846-1904) was to say the least a phenomenal and gifted artist. His talents included glass, ceramics, furniture and metals. He started his art education within his father Charles Galle's factory in Nancy, France. Possibly his best education was received by his extensive traveling, where he gained a far-reaching and emotional insight into nature. He was also employed for a short period with the prestigious ceramics factory of Burgun, Schverer et Cie, where he acquired considerable knowledge in the techniques of ceramics and glass manufacturing. His creations are known internationally, and many of his great artifacts are displayed in museums such as the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts of New York, and in many important private collections. This magnificent mantel clock was manufactured by Emile Galle at his own new factory (1886), within approximately a year of his independence from his father. It is a typical example of the Art Nouveau style that Emile Galle so enjoyed. His molded and painted flowers, in powerful and vivid colors that encompass the body of the clock, are a compliment to his artistic genius. In 1889, he was rewarded for his artwork at the Universal Exhibition of Paris with the exalted "Grand Prize," only three years after he opened his own atelier! Of great importance is the fact that inside the body of this great clock is the original label of the Galle factory; fortunately it has survived! The seven day works were manufactured by Japy Frere et Cie of Paris, who obtained a gold medal for clock making during the mid-19th Century. The works, numbered "4603," are period to the body. The body is in exceptional condition with no damage or restoration work. There is a minor chip to the enamel face of the clock, which is also missing its glass. It also has the original winding key. 16" high x 11 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep.
Estimated Value: $2,000-$3,000.
Circa 1885 Barbotine Ware Mantel Clock by Emile Galle
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