Gallé blownout vases are treasures worth owning

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, readership slows down in the summer, so I will only publish on Mondays until the weather gets cold and readership picks up.


Rare and exceptional Gallé Apple blownout vase

Emile Gallé never lived to see the innovations that took place at his factory after his death in 1904. In the 1920s compressed air was used to inject molten glass into molds (just like Lalique vases). These vases are referred to as blownout, mold-blown, or soufflé — all interchangeable terms.

Red Gallé Plum blownout vase

Blue-purple Gallé Plum blownout vase

Green and yellow Gallé Plum blownout vase

After the vase was formed in the mold, it was treated like other cameo vases. Layers of colored glass were applied to the molten vase, one on top of another. Upon cooling, artists used wax resists and hydrofluoric acid to etch the designs and reveal the colors below. This meant that the same model could be made in many color combinations.

A rare Gallé Elephant blownout vase

I estimate there are approximately 50 different models of Gallé blownout vases, with the Elephant and Rhododendron models the rarest and most valuable.

Prices vary over time and not always up. Prices for the more common models have softened in the last year, so it’s a really good time to add to your collection. It’s similar to the stock market. I add to my portfolio when a stock I like goes on sale. This is your opportunity. Today’s prices range from under $10,000 to over $200,000. Most models are under $20,000.


Our next show will be in Denver, October 20-22, 2017. We’re giving Denver one last shot to prove it’s worthwhile traveling all the way from New York. If the show doesn’t go well, goodbye Denver. The following week we’ll be in Southfield, Michigan, for the Southfield Pavilion Antiques, Art, & Modernism Show. That’s another show that has to go well for us to return. Then we’ll be in Winnetka, Illinois, the following week for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka show. That’s one show we don’t have to worry about. We have great clients in the greater Chicago area, so we really look forward to seeing our old friends.

Click Philip Chasen’s new items to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I recently added several new items and I’ll be adding more this week. They’re some of the best items I’ve ever had, so please take a look.

I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

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