Beautifully coloured cameo glass vase with trailing vine by Émile Gallé c1900. Footed ovoid body with tall collar neck. Two colour cameo design of trailing vine with fruit - created using coloured overlays on an acid-etched, frosted ground. Wheel cut detail to leaves. Fire polished finish. Raised cameo Gallé signature to body. The vase is 15.5 cm in height.

 

Gallé was the son of a faience and furniture manufacturer and studied philosophy, botany, and drawing in his youth. He learned glassmaking at Meisenthal and came to work at his father's factory in Nancy following the Franco-Prussian War. His early work was executed using clear glass decorated with enamel, but he soon turned to an original style featuring heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs (cameo glass). In 1877 he took over from his father as director of the Maison Gallé-Reinemer. His work receiv