Antique Emile Galle Vases



2015-06-26 11:16:08

Antique Emile Galle Vases are original glass vases produced by the notable artist and designer Emile Galle.

Brief history and description

Emile Galle (born 8th May 1846) was a French Art Nouveau artist who worked primarily with glass.

He first learned his techniques after studying philosophy and taking on work at his father’s furniture factory.

Early works show a focus on enamelling, though his interest later turned to opaque glasswork, often featuring heavy etching and plant-based designs, usually florals.

Following his addition to the Paris Exhibition of 1889, Galle’s career as a glassmaker began to take off, with his designs becoming immensely popular.

Galle died on 23rd September 1904. He is enduringly considered one of the most important figures of the Art Nouveau movement.

Guide for collectors

Antique Emile Galle vases have reached high prices at auction and are highly sought after by collectors. They have appeared at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as being available at antique shops.

The vases have also been sold at online auctioneers such as eBay, where collectors can find low start prices and rare finds. However, as with most online purchases, collectors are advised to seek specialist opinion if in doubt about the authenticity of a particular piece.


Antique Emile Galle vases have sold for wildly varying prices at auction, with those at the top-end of the price-range frequently reaching several thousand dollars as their final sale price.

This is evidenced by the sale of a mint-condition Emile Galle butterfly design vase dated from 1900, complete with the designer’s name engraved on the base. The piece sold for $22,500 on 20th May 2006 from Rago Arts and Auction Centre.

Similarly high prices have been reached for other Emile Galle vases, such as the large cameo glass vase featuring a multi-layered blue Gladiolus flowers design, which sold for C$18,000 on 6th June 2011 from Gallery Sixtyeight Auctions.

Towards the lower end of the price scale, an Emile Galle lilac and pink vase (dated from 1900) sold for just $100 on 18th April 2010 from Austin Auction Gallery.

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