French, 1846 - 1904
Corolla lamp, c. 1900
H. 18 1/2 x Dia. 10 (at base) in.
Along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Émile Gallé was one of the most talented glassmakers of all time. Raised to take over the family’s glass and ceramic business in Alsace-Lorraine, Gallé developed such new techniques as marquetry-de-verre (glass marquetry) and intercalaire (interlayered decoration). He also used engraving, etching, various patinations, and enameling to great effect. Like other Art Nouveau artists, Gallé was primarily interested in natural forms. He made this exquisite lamp from cameo glass and bronze in the shape of a lotus flower with a stem and leaves. In it, he also included a then-new technological wonder—an incandescent bulb.