Art Nouveau Glass

Maryhill is home to a small but enchanting collection of glass works by French artists from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.

Works by Émile Gallé (1846 – 1904), a leading figure in the French Art Nouveau movement, feature heavy, opaque glass carved or etched with plant motifs, sometimes incorporating experimental techniques such as metallic foils and air bubbles. Gallé’s work emphasized naturalism and floral motifs with a particular interest in cycles of nature, often depicting the various stages of bloom from bud to full flower. A lovely vase in Maryhill’s collection shows the progression of a magnolia blossom.

Also on view at Maryhill are an Art Deco vase designed by Edouard Cazaux for Verrerier d’Art Degue, Art Nouveau vases created in the Daum studio in Nancy, France by the brothers Auguste (1854 – 1909) and Antonin (1864 – 1930) Daum, and an ethereal white on white Art Deco vase by René Jules Lalique (1860 – 1945).

Image: Émile Gallé (French, 1846–1904), Papillon (Butterfly), c. 1900, glass, 15″ x 4½”. Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, 1951.07.169. Photography: Mary Harrsch.