The mark of Emile Gallé
’s workshop operating in Nancy, France. This is one of a number of authentic signature styles used by the Gallé workshop, which also include a vertical version and a two-lined etched mark. Gallé died in 1904, and objects produced through 1914 feature a star before the mark. See reproduction information below.
The mark of Emile Gallé used in his glass workshop in Nancy, France from the early 1870s through 1913.
Photo by Jay B. Siegel
Poor quality "Gallé" pieces are being produced in China and sold in gift shops around the United States. In comparison to authentic Gallé pieces, these are molded rather than etched, acid cut or decorated in some other hand applied fashion. Many of these items end up for sale in online auctions being represented as Gallé with low starting bids. Other mouth blown Gallé reproductions are of better quality, and harder to distinguish. Authentic Gallé pieces sell for thousands if not tens of thousands. It's best to buy these pieces from a reputable, knowledgeable dealer who will stand behind their merchandise when investing large sums in these wares.