This ceramic covered pot with chinese decoration takes the shaped of a traditional chinese perfume burner without having the real function as it is holeless.
It was made by Charles Gallé (1818 – 1902) maybe in collaboration with his son Émile Gallé (1846 – 1904) for l’Escalier de Cristal in the second half of the 19th century and more precisely between 1872 and 1884, as shows the label below. We can read on it the names of Pannier and Lahoche, directors of the house between 1852 and 1872, and the address. From 1872, the store is moved on the 6 rue Scribe and 1 rue Auber by Émile Pannier who continues the business alone but for commercial reasons keeps the label with the two names.
We can suppose that this model imitating a perfume burner was made by Charles Gallé, very likely following an order of Emile Pannier, as we don’t recognize the stylistic shape of the artist. Nevertheless, two other models, identicals in their shape but with different decoration are known and signed. One of them was auctioned in 2013, it is signed « Gallé Nancy », signature of Charles, the other is illustrated on the Émile Gallé’s archives in the musée d’Orsay and shows the signatures of Émile « E. Gallé déposé » and Charles « Gallé Nancy » .
From 1885, Émile Gallé was part of the many artists who collaborate with l’Escalier de Cristal. He made models of crystal or glass decorative art, which he signed. We can then think that before his son, Charles Gallé already made some models for the different directors of l’Escalier de Cristal without putting his signature.