Galle Cameo Glass Vase

This fantasy is an example of one of many spuriously marked art glass pieces on the market today. The decorative surface design includes a stylized butterfly hovering below orchid blooms and foliage beside the signature, 'Gallé'. But authentic Gallé glass stopped being made many, many years ago and this piece is new. Unfortunately, all too often these decorative items are offered for sale as if authentic antique glass and collectors who do not know about new fake and reproduction Gallé marked glass may pay too much to own them. They may believe a piece like this must be original based on the appearance of the Gallé name, alone.

If interested in buying something like this for decorative purposes don't over pay. Keep in mind there is a lot of this stuff out there to choose from and new fake Galle pieces may be had for a very low wholesale cost. Remember too, modern pieces selling wholesale today are unlikely to provide the steady increase in value enjoyed over the years by authentic Gallé art glass.

Certain characteristics can help to authenticate glass marked with the Gallé name (or that of other famous makers). If an oddly low price does not tip you off then be on the alert for heavy glass bodies and/or lack of refinement and poor quality etching in the decorative designs. Authentic pieces feel delicate to the touch and will be perfectly balanced. Originals were masterfully decorated and very finely made.

Three useful tips for quick recognition of modern reproductions and fakes:

1. New Galle-marked glass pieces are made in shapes the original maker never made. 2. Original Gallé cameo glass vases have polished pontils, the new fakes do not because they are not made the same way the originals were made. 3. If it is marked Gallé and "TIP" it is modern Romanian-made glass.

Measures 14 inches tall, 3 1/2 inch top diameter.

Item ID: 2007RP000351

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