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An absolutely wonderful table lamp produced in the Galle Cameo Glass method. The lamp stands a total of 46cm tall on a plinth type base which is c13cm in diameter. The base is c32cm to the bottom of the bulb holder, whilst the mushroom top is about 22cm in diameter at its widest and 17cm tall.
The design on this lamp centres on blue winged Dragonflies flying over running water with a background of various flora including blue Irises. The design is very complex, involving at least 4 layers of glass.
Emile Galle (1846-1904) was involved in the Art Nuveau movement and pioneered the technique of producing multi-layered or cameo glass pieces by overlaying layers of different coloured glass and then developing the design by etching with acid. The process was extremely delicate and time consuming, requiring planning ahead. The technique has been and still is copied and many imitations have been produced in a number of countries including France, Taiwan and China. Whilst I am fairly certain that this is an imitation (or forgery as it has a Galle signature), I do not know its provenance. It is not even original, as I am certain the electrical parts are a replacement, and it has a crack in the base which has been professionally stabilized (see attached photos. Fortunately for the look of the lamp the crack is at the back of the base, ie opposite the signature, and would not normally be visible.
Despite the above comments it is still a very attractive and desirable lamp which I am sure will enhance the decor in almost any room.
The photos show the lamp lit with a 28watt Halogen bulb which I feel is too strong to allow the beauty of the lamp to be displayed. I will add more photos if I can obtain a less powerful bulb.
Extra photos (2) added at bottom with a 40watt bulb in. Photos still look too bright, but in actual fact the lamp looks to have just the correct amount of illumination. Please click here to ask a question
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  • Seller location: Maungaturoto, Northland, NZ

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