Emile Galle French Art Nouveau 3-Color Cameo Banjo Vase - 6 1/2 1920's Oak Leaf and Acorn design. 6.5" h x 3.5" w x 2.5 d. Not ever "used" and rarely handled. My Mother was an antique glass collector, dealer, and educator for over 40 years of her life in the greater Washington DC area, collecting beautiful glass perfume bottles, goblets, and other precious glass items from around the world.
She was a well-known glass club pioneer, teacher, and speaker. This piece resided in her permanent collection for more than 40 years. I can't honestly call it "used" although all antiques are by definition "used" - simply because they are Not New.ALL Antiques are Not New, whether they were ever even used or are in museums or collections or anywhere else. It's a decorative vase, but highly unlikely it ever contained anything -- it's a piece of highly collectible art glass. It was VERY RARELY ever handled or taken out of her locked display case, other than for infrequent private collection tours at her home. We were told it had one previous original collector-owner who brought it to the USA from France, but obviously since it was made in the 1900's in France and now it's in Maryland, that's a nice idea and also totally impossible to verify. There are NO FLAWS and no "signs of wear" on this piece.
If you find an actual DEFECT or FLAW, I will accept a return if you find and can verify a valid flaw that wasn't there when I sent it. I have hundreds of photos and this piece has NO DEFECTS.You won't find any. It was handmade out of molten glass and then the design was also hand "cut back" on the form and is done free-form.
Please keep in mind that there is a lot of color variation, some areas are slightly thicker or thinner, and it was not mechanically machine-made. In other words, there are "variations" in it. The color is very luminous, and it will look like it is shifting to different colors depending on the lighting, which is why I tried to show so many photos in natural light.
Sorry for the distracting backgrounds. The first 2 photos on the studio gray background were taken using "daylight" professional photo bulbs.NO TWO OF THESE PIECES ARE EVER EXACTLY ALIKE, even if they are called the same pattern and are the same size and shape. IMPORTANT NOTE: I have VERY INTENTIONALLY shown a photo detail of the bottom of the piece where the glassblower hot-sheared the rose and green colors at the bottom when the pre-cut "blank" was made (before the decorative design was cut back through the "blank" into the color layers).
That line where the green meets the rose color is NOT a crack - it is a "shear mark", and common to any hot glassblowing technique where 2 colors are put together to make a gradient or color change, and the molten glass is literally cut while still very hot with a pair of sharp steel shears. In this case, a blush/rose blending into a light-to-dark green over clear crystal meet at that shear mark point, and it shows up like a "line" where the 2 opposing colors meet, as there were cut off together with the shears. If you do not understand what this is or why I'm explaining it, please ASK.
THIS COLOR CHANGE LINE IS NOT A DEFECT and NOT A REASON I WILL ACCEPT A RETURN. It is NOT A CRACK.If you research this particular Galle pattern -- "Acorn and Oak Leaves" -- you will find that ALL of them blend from some shade of green to various stages of pink, blush, brown, beige, tan, and clear - each one is quite unique. They are always a "gradient", meaning they transition from one color to one or more other colors - some are prettier and some are less so.
In this piece the blush/rose color is truly pinkish and the green is distinctly green. The green overlay tones vary from thicker dark green to a lighter more springy green in the areas where the green overlay is less thick and it lets more light through.
Very fine example of this classic Galle form and of this particular lovely pattern. The Galle signature is located on the side, where they usually are on these smaller sized 6.5 high banjo vases. These Galle pieces were NOT dated with the exact year. Galle died in 1904, and this one was made by Galle before he died. This is NOT one of those!This one is original - there is no star before the signature - and therefore it was made before that time period. The 2 sides of this sweet 6.5 tall banjo vase are quite different in design and detail - it almost looks like 2 different vases I hope you enjoy both as much as we have! Oak Leaf Side: 3 quite thick dark green oak leaves and 2 immature acorns. The left lower area background is green colored and the left right is deep rose colored background.
Beautiful example of the 3-color gradient. It's deep rose, dark green, and where they overlap, a warm gold-neutral color. The green leaves stand up/out from the surface and have "edges", as the original thickness of the green overlay glass was cut back to reveal the rose-colored background beneath. Please Google "French Cameo Glass Technique" if this description makes no sense to you - it's an interesting and laborious process!
Acorn Side: 2 mature acorns plus 3 leaves with veins, green overlay vines trail up the long rose-colored slim neck, up to the top which is mostly green overlay into the flared lip (rim) top. The acorns have indented rib detail lines in the "nut" parts of the acorn as well as crosshatching in the "caps" of the acorns. On the acorns side, the background is nearly all rose/blush with deeper color near the very bottom. This side has a lot of variation in the thickness of the green and in general the green is brighter tones than the "Oak Leaf Side" described in the paragraph above.The lovely leaf and twirling vine pattern wraps up the neck on this side up toward the top with a lot of very nice detail. Feel free to message me if you have questions. There is nothing unusual about this piece - it is a typical small Galle banjo vase, and it's also a choice example of Galle's artistic use of pleasing variations of color, design, and technique - all together on one piece. Tis the season of acorns and oak leaves falling! The item "Emile Galle French Art Nouveau 3-Color Cameo Banjo Vase 6 1/2 1920's Oak/Acorn" is in sale since Monday, October 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\French\Emile Galle".
The seller is "schrecaro" and is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.