"20th Century, Three French Nesting Wood Coffee Tables By Emile Gallè (1846-1904) "20th Century, Three French Nesting Wood Coffee Tables by Emile Gallè (1846-1904)
Signed on each tray with very pretty Japanese-style signatures.
large coffee table: W cm 50 , D cm 39, H cm 69
medium coffee tables: W cm 44 , D cm 38 , H cm 67
small table: W cm 37 , D cm 38 , H cm 64
Good state of conservation
These delightful coffee tables are the work of the French cabinetmaker and ceramist Emile Gallè (1846-1904). Made in the early years of the 20th century, they are made of wood with the top inlaid with precious wood essences to form landscapes. Signed Gallè on each tray. The three coffee tables, which can be locked one inside the other, individually have a structure with two legs, joined by a cross, and resting on a two-foot element.
Émile Gallé (born 4 May 1846, 1904) was a French cabinetmaker, glass maker and decorator born to a family of crystal traders.Around eighteen he went to Germany to study mineralogy and botany, where he soon became passionate and specialized in blown glass.At the end of the Franco-Prussian War, Emile decided to go to London for a time.He then travelled to Switzerland and Italy visiting numerous museums.In 1873, Émile Gallé returned to Nancy with the idea of taking over the family business and being able to create artistic works in glass representing forms of nature, both floral and animal.In this period, he became the most important representative of the Nancy school and the gatekeeper of the new art of glass, inserted in the current of modern style.In 1878, he took over the management of the family business "La Garenne" which turned into an artistic glassworks in 1885 he started cabinet making.In this discipline, in the name of the master, is included among the great signatures of the end of the century, those of Hector Guimard (1867-1942) and friends and fellow citizens Louis Majorelle (1859-1926) and Eugène Vallin (1856-1922). Gallé brings back the marqueterie and makes it the highest point of its aesthetic expression.Fascinated by the contrasts of wood uses more than six hundred rare essences.
It treats woods as if they were colours: flat surfaces, doors and plateaus take on the appearance of a picture in which floral inlays stand out with dragonflies, butterflies, swallows, mushrooms, landscapes and the aquatic world.The naturalistic compositions are flanked by Japanese inspiration, in which sometimes the signature is stylized according to the Japanese taste.
These tables are suitable for any environment, combined with antique or modern furnishings.They can be displayed in their semi-open triptych or individually next to armchairs and sofas as a support surface.Highly decorative, their refined inlays will bring great charm to your environments.