Artist: Emile Gallé (French, Nancy 1846–1904 Nancy)
Manufacturer: Établissements Gallé
Date: ca. 1900
Medium: Birchwood, rosewood, various other woods
Dimensions: 40 x 49 1/2 x 12 in. (101.6 x 125.7 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1982
Accession Number: 1982.246
The revolutionary style known as Art Nouveau swept Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century, transforming the decorative arts and architecture. Gallé was the first major exponent to infuse his designs with one of the principle concepts of this new style, turning to nature for inspiration. He inspired numerous artists in his native city of Nancy, to abandon the previous use of historical styles. The group known as the Ecole de Nancy, is now recognized as a major exponent of Art Nouveau. Gallé himself worked in two fields, glass and furniture. While most of his furniture designs exist in numerous examples, this model is rare, the only other known version being that in the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy.