This example is a reproduction glass lamp that is not actually old. Both the shade and base have a frosted surface and a raised floral design. Both lamp sections are also marked with identical stylized signatures suggestive of the famous name and mark of, 'Gallé.' But don't be fooled by the signature you see, this is not authentic Gallé-made cameo glass, it is modern.
Real Galle glass stopped being made many years ago. New collectors who do not yet know to beware of the many falsely marked art glass items on the market today may make the unfortunate mistake of paying too much for something like this. They may base an estimation of originality on the appearance of the Gallé' name. And then buy because of that and what may seem to them to be an attractively low price, by comparison to authentic pieces.
If interested in buying a lamp like this for decorative purposes, keep in mind that new pieces usually can be had at very low cost if purchased directly from the modern manufacturers. So don't pay too much to own one. Remember, too, that most original examples of high-end Gallé art glass lamps are already situated in advanced collections or museums. It is extremely unlikely an authentic Gallé cameo glass lamp of similar size and shape to this one will ever be offered for sale by a willing seller for just a few hundred dollars.
There are certain characteristics which can help to authenticate glass marked with the Gallé name. If an oddly low price is not enough to immediately tip you off, be on the alert for heavy glass bodies, a marked lack of refinement or 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.
Measures 18 inches tall with shade in place. Shade diameter is 9 inches Lamp base diameter is 6 1/4 inches.
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