A French Art Nouveau vitrine by Louis Majorelle, featuring carved leaves and branches in relief. The interior of the vitrine has three glass shelves and is lined in cream-colored moire. The bronze lock plate has a vegetal motif.
|Dimensions: 78" high x 38" wide x 16" deep|
|Item #: F-10330|
|Price: $48,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau "Grenouilles" beechwood cabinet by Emile Gallé. This carved cabinet features dragonfly, mushroom, and landscape marquetry decoration, as well as carved frog-leg feet and a pierced dragonfly design in the top gallery. The panel for the key escutcheon is cast in bronze with the complementary pattern (left and right) in carved wood. Similar cabinet pictured in: Art Nouveau Furniture, by Alastair Duncan, p. 74, no. 62. As well as in Emile Gallé, by Philippe Garner, p. 84
|Artist: Émile Gallé|
|Signed: in two areas “E. Gallé|
|Dimensions: 62-1/2'' high x 26'' wide x 15-1/4'' deep|
|Item #: F-17486|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau French walnut server by Louis Majorelle in the "Cephataria" motif. The server has two drawers with gilt-bronze handles in a leaf motif, double door storage below and is elaborately carved throughout in a floral motif. Similar pieces are pictured in the 1906 Majorelle catalogue (see Salle à Manger "Céphataria").
|Dimensions: 57-1/2'' high x 51'' wide x 20'' deep|
|Item #: F-15270|
|Price: $29,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau marquetry commode by Émile Gallé. With original key. The syncretic influence of Japanese art is keenly felt in Gallé's commode. The beginning of Galle's fascination with Japanese art can be traced back to his friendship with Hokkai Takashima (1850-1931), a fellow botanist and member of the École de Nancy. Their botanical dialogue was facilitated by the Shokobutsu mei-i, a book of Japanese names for botanical species. It is from Hokkai that Gallé gained a spiritual and symbolic understanding of nature. Along with other École de Nancy artists, Hokkai and Gallé exhibited together in the display window of René Wiener's papeterie. The store served as the office of Wiener's arts journal, the Nancy artiste, which regularly featured on its covers contemporary examples of Gansai (Japanese watercolor), Byobu (folding screens) from the Rinpa school, Sumi-e (ink painting), and Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints). As a show of gratitude, Hokkai bequeathed a vast art book collection to Wiener. It is from this record that we know with certainty of which Japanese artists Gallé had knowledge. One of the books in Hokkai's collection was Hokusai's Les cent paysages du Fuji (Fugaku hyakkei.) This 1835 expansion of Hokusai's 36 views of Mount Fuji contained more elaborate iterations of his original compositions. The commode features two drawers and four cabriole legs. The front of the drawers features a marquetry panel with mountains, unkai (sea of clouds) and usugumo (wisps of clouds) motifs. It is likely from works like Hokusai's Yama mata yama (Mountains Upon Mountains) that Gallé assimilated the unkai (??) motif. The Yama mata yama is the album's only zenithal view, allowing this phenomenon which is normally only visible from high elevations. On the top of the commode, a sunset mirage overlooks the entire scene. Meanwhile in the foreground, Gallé has included a usugumo motif rendered in warm brown wood. The wisps of cloud motif originates in a stanza in the Tale of Genji in his mourning for Fujitsubo. Those thin wisps of cloud trailing there over Mountains caught in sunset light Seem to wish to match their hue To the sleeves of the bereaved. There is a distinct temporal quality in the commode's composition. The left side panel depicts a diurne while the right side panel depicts a nocturne. The juxtaposition of day and night in Japanese ukiyo-e was a subject much beloved by Hokusai and Hiroshige and was termed chuya (chu meaning day and ya meaning night). The Japanese nocturne was clearly a subject of great fascination to Gallé as well as evidenced by his "Nuit Japonais" vase. A similar commode is pictured in: Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 329, plate 15.
|Dimensions: 31-1/4'' high x 33-5/8'' wide x 21-1/4'' deep|
|Item #: F-17739|
|Price: $27,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau vitrine by Emile Gallé, featuring marquetry and carving throughout with original stylized fleur-de-lys brass shelf rests and keys with floral decoration. This unusual piece was originally electrified when manufactured. A similar vitrine is pictured in: Gallé Furniture, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2012, p. 295, plate 17.
|Dimensions: 59-1/4'' high x 15'' wide x 12'' deep|
|Item #: F-18205|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau walnut vitrine in ash and rosewood, featuring clemantis depicted in marquetry and deep carving. The vitrine has two lockable storage areas, each with a shelf, and two drawers that swing out from the body. There is also a shelf in the glass-fronted area near the top of the piece. The vitrine's three legs are decorated with carved roots.
|Artist: Camil Gauthier|
|Dimensions: 81-1/2'' high x 34-3/4'' wide x 18" deep|
|Item #: F-18246|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French carved and fruitwood marquetry inlaid Ombelliféres vitrine by Emile Gallé. The vitrine has marquetry ombelle flowers in its interior and on the panel below the bottom shelf. The interior has two small carved half shelves. The top and bottom have elaborately carved ombelle decorations. It sits on four sinuously carved feet. Literature: Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha, Galle Furniture, Woodbridge, Antique Collector's Club, 2012, p. 307, pl.42, for a similar example.
|Signed: Gallé in marquetry|
|Dimensions: 58-1/4'' high x 25'' wide x 18'' deep|
|Item #: F-16631|
|Price: $39,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|