Oakleaf; du Chêne

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Acquired in 1920 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Gallé, Emile
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
CER
credit
Given by Dr John MacGregor
date_end
1899-12-31
date_start
1890-01-01
date_text
ca. 1895 (made)
descriptive_line
Vase, France, Lorraine (Nancy), designed by Emile Gallé, for Gallé glassworks, 1895-1900
dimensions
Height: 25.3 cm, Width: 15.2 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Japonism (CaixaForum, Barcelona 13/06/2013-15/09/2013)
gallery
Glass, room 131
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
6798
label
The Oakleaf vase was a favourite design and a number of versions were made, both fire-polished as here and also left with the marks of the carver's tools unsmoothed. Throughout his life, Gallé felt a deep affinity to the forest and his furniture was made of many woods each of which held particular meaning for him. The doors to the Gallé factory were in carved oak and embellished with his personal motto 'Ma racine est au fond des bois' (my roots are in the depth of the woods). Identifying the precise significance of each is not always possible but the oak has clear associations with re-birth or regeneration each Spring, with the potency of the acorn and the miracle of strength and longevity. Colour too was important and the greens of this vase invoke the dappled depths of the forest.
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:40:52.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:40:52.000Z
latitude
48.689548
location
Glass, room 131, case 29, shelf 1
longitude
6.1834
marks
'Gallé' wheel-cut
materials
materials_techniques
Cased, wheel-cut, acid-etched and fire-polished glass
museum_number
C.599-1920
museum_number_token
c5991920
object_number
O5345
object_type
Vase
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Inscribed with "Galle"wheel-cut.
place
Nancy
primary_image_id
2006AN6418
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
The Oakleaf vase was one of Gallé's favourite designs. A number of versions were made, both fire-polished as here and also left with the marks of the carver's tools unsmoothed. Gallé felt a deep affinity with the forest throughout his life. His furniture was made of many woods, each of which held particular meaning for him. The doors to the Gallé factory were in carved oak and carried his personal motto 'Ma racine est au fond des bois' ('my roots are in the depth of the woods'). The precise meaning of each wood is not always clear. However, the oak has clear associations with re-birth each spring, and strength and longevity. Colour too was important, and the greens of this vase invoke the dappled light of the deep forest.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
oakleaf-du-chene-vase-galle-emile
sys_updated
2014-08-11T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Oakleaf; du Chêne
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1899
year_start
1890