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    Rare & Monumental Gallé Cameo Glass Le Lac de Côme Vase, circa 1925
    Marks: Gallé
    20 inches (50.8 cm)

    Following World War I, Gallé produced a series of five vases depicting Lake Como in Italy's Lombardy region, a popular escape for Europe's elite. All Gallé landscapes were based on drawings or watercolors executed on site during vacations or company-sponsored trips, and recent research by Dr. Samuel Provost at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France suggests that the Lake Como scene was based on an earlier watercolor by the company's draughtsman Auguste Herbst, who visited the Italian Alps in July 1914. The dynamic, complex composition, believed to be an amalgam of several views of the lake and possibly others in Northern Italy, was ingeniously adapted to the five vases, each unique in shape and ranging from 8 to 21 inches in height. At 20 inches, the
    present example is the second largest - and rarest - variant in the series and is perhaps most faithful to the site and Herbst's original watercolor due to its scale and proportions, specifically its broad shoulder. It depicts a high terrace populated by eucalyptus and cypress trees above the serene waters of the lake, from which the mountains rise in the background, all rendered in exquisite detail.





    Condition Report*: In very good condition, especially with regard to impressive size, and displaying majestic coloration. Minor reflections of age present, such as very faint scuffs, and a few light scratches to interior and unadorned exterior surfaces. Free from cracks, losses, or restorations.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2021
    28th Thursday
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