+ TABLE WITH A PROVERBS, Émile Gallé (1846-1904), Art Nouveau, France, Nancy, circa 1890

Side table, on three turned legs. Decorated with a naturalistic inlay made of various types of fruit trees. It is a "talking piece of furniture", Emile Galle repeatedly placed various words on his furniture, sometimes they were fragments of his favorite poems or proverbs.

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Émile Gallé (1846-1904), secession, Nancy, circa 1890. Syg. "Emile Gallé Nancy, monogram with the Lorraine cross."

Height 72.5 cm, width 52 cm, length 54 cm.

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Émile Gallé (1846-1904) - a famous designer of porcelain, glass and furniture. The precursor of Art Nouveau in Nancy, and the later director of the famous École de Nancy, hung the motto above his workshop: "Our roots are in the depths of forests, on the banks of the springs, among moss". Numerous artists from Nancy, active in various fields of art, drew abundantly from flora and fauna, especially those from Lorraine, thus expressing, on the one hand, a romantic longing for contact with nature, and on the other, local patriotism. Individual elements of furniture, such as legs in a library from around 1900, refer to furniture from the Far East, and floral and zoomorphic motifs always play a dominant role in them, such as in a chair with a leaf-shaped backrest or the famous bed from 1904, the artist's last work, in which butterflies made with the technique of inlay and inlay symbolize dawn and dusk, and maybe also birth and death. Émile Gallé believed that the greatest happiness for an artist-craftsman is the joy of work.

/ Table, Émile Gallé (1846-1904), art nouveau, Nancy, circa 1890. /