This example is a reproduction art glass piece. Despite it being placed in a category that suggests age, this is not an old article. It also bears the signature, 'Gallé' but it is not authentic Gallé-made art glass.
Galle glass stopped being made many, many years ago, and this piece is modern. Just under the Gallé mark on this item there is another mark - 'Tip.' By adding that additional mark the contemporary Romanian maker of this vase wants a buyer to know this item is not an original and that its method of manufacture and decoration were done only in homage to 'Gallé. Unfortunately, new collectors who do not yet know this can still be encouraged to pay too much, believing such items to be originals based on the Gallé' name, alone.
If interested in buying something like this for decorative purposes, keep in mind that new from its modern maker pieces like this typically may be had for a wholesale cost of less than $100.
No authentic, genuine Gallé piece was ever marked with 'Tip.' Knowing this, and because it is possible to remove 'Tip' and leave only 'Gallé,' these new Romanian-made glass pieces have the potential to be very deceptive. Alteration must be done very carefully, however, to prevent leaving behind a marred area of obvious damage, which would then still speak as loudly to the practiced eye as the letters.
There are other characteristics which can help to authenticate art glass pieces marked with the Gallé name (and other famous makers). Be on the alert for heavy glass bodies and/or lack of refinement and poor quality etching in decorative designs. An authentic piece will feel delicate to the touch and will be perfectly balanced. Originals were also masterfully decorated and very finely made.
With so many new fakes and reproduction glass items on the market it can certainly pay to learn more about the subject of art glass by investing some time in scholarly research before investing a large sum of money in any single piece.
Measures approximately 10 inches tall.
Item ID: 2007RP000345
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