Cameo Art Glass Vase Marked Galle

This example is a fake blue-and-white cameo-type art glass vase with a blue roses and leaves design on an opaque white frosted background. The name 'Galle' is more-or-less suggested near the foot, where it is etched into the design, but this is a spurious mark. This is a very new, modern vase and authentic Emile Gallé glass stopped being made many, many years ago. Unfortunately, new collectors who do not yet know real Galle glass is no longer being made may still be encouraged to pay too much, believing it to be 'real' based on the appearance of the Gallé name, alone.

There are certain characteristics which 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, to differentiate a fake from the real deal be on the alert for heavy glass bodies, lack of refinement, and poor quality etching in 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 11 1/2 inches tall.

Item ID: 2007RP000453

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