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NEW YORK, NY, February 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The name Emile Galle may be obscure to the general public, but he was the Michelangelo of the late 1800s decorative arts world. Galle was a Frenchman who made jewelry, furniture, and art glass. His art glass vases probably have the largest international appeal today. When they were originally produced they were popular as wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, and as symbols of status. Over the past century his vases have spread across the globe and are popular in many different countries like England, France, Japan, and The United States.
Emile Galle vases have been very valuable for a long time, which also means that they have been knocked-off and faked for a long time. Whether you are buying or selling, the first thing you need to do is figure out if you have a real or fake Galle vase. A quick tip would be that if your vase says TIP then you are dealing with a fake. Otherwise you really shouldn't worry too much about Galle vase markings because they are easily faked and are sometimes quite deceptive. Most dealers, collectors, experts, and other specialists can tell if a vase is authentic based on its shape and quality.
Once you have decided if your vase is real then you need to decide what it is worth. Some Galle vases are only worth a few hundred dollars. The rarest and most popular vases can sell for more than $10,000. It is not easy to figure out the exact value of Galle vases. There are no tricks of the trade to quickly determine if you are sitting on a windfall of cash or just a month's car payment. You really need to work with a Galle art glass dealer to get an accurate valuation. We can tell you that vases are valued based on their size, design style, and decoration. Combine those three factors with supply and demand and you have solved the pricing riddle.
One of the most appealing things about Galle vases is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and themes. If you like wildlife then you can buy an elephant, parrot, or polar bear vase. If you like gardening then you can choose from any of the more than forty different styles of flowers that can be found on Galle vases. And let's not forget about the very popular landscape and countryside scenes. Don't get too stressed about overpaying for a vase. Many dealers will provide buyback or return guarantees. You always have the option to pay for an appraisal before you put up any money.
The best advice anyone can give about collecting antiques is to buy the best you can afford when you can afford it. Educate yourself before you buy. And when it comes to Galle art glass, always work with a trusted expert dealing in authentic vases.
We are available to answer any value or authenticity questions about your Galle vase. Just send us an email. Vases@GalleArtGlass.com
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