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Émile Gallé faience container in Origami form, ca. 1884

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Earthenware, gray-white body with white tin glaze and black paint.
    Signed in black: Gallé Nancy Déposé with the Lorraine Cross.
    8 cm X 10 cm

    This whimsical faience (pin dish)? by Émile Gallé shows cleverness and playfulness in an object inspired by folk pottery of the 18th and early 19th centuries (i.e. a vase shaped like a book, etc.). In this case, a bird-like origami shape (a nod to Japonisme) is covered in painted images of several different birds... a duck, chickens, an owl, etc. This same shape has also been found resembling a folded playing card (with hearts, clubs, etc on the outside), and also illustrating political issues of the day. One of these was in support for stopping the demolition of the Porte St-Georges, one of the original gates built around Nancy in 1602 (which still stands today). Correspondingly, shaped toys made of paper and cardboard as geometrized small animals was popular in France in the 19th century.*

    I have created a pinterest page for other examples of this type by Gallé:

    *source: Nancy - Jugendstil in Lothringen 1900, published by the Munich City Museum


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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      this I love!!
    2. museedescommerces67 museedescommerces67, 5 years ago
      rare and nice -)
    3. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      very innovative at that time as everything done by Gallé. Pienso que es una pieza para los alfileres de los pañales.
    4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 5 years ago
      Thanks -that's what I thought - a pin dish
    5. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 5 years ago
      Love, love it! So fun and interesting.
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Such a cool interesting piece! I love it!!
    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Wow, Warren, I only just saw this post. I had no idea that this style was developed so long ago! This piece is amazing. My husband is an engineer and loves origami; I am going to share this with him - thanks! :)

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