Galle Exhibition

Signature
 

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T here are well over 300 or so Galle signatures, none of which by Galle himself. There are 3 normal types of signatures, enamelled, engraved, or cameo.
 
You would except enamelled and engraved signatures to be earlier than cameo ones, which is correct. It is also true to say that all of the first period are enamelled or engraved signatures.
Signatures on cameo pieces are usually on the lower third of the body and in keeping with the design.
 

After Galle died in September 1904, his wife added a star to the “Galle” signature for 2 years as a mark of respect. I had read that the star mark was kept in production till 1914, which seems a very long time.
Even in Madam Galle’s words, it was not financially successful. I presume the star mark was only used 1904 to 1906.
In 1980’s it was common knowledge that the removal of the star mark would make the piece appear to be earlier (before Galle’s death) which made it a more valuable piece.
In 2005 a star mark is one of the only ways of dating Galle cameo glass. I am always happy with star marks, because most of the designs are more true to Galle’s ideas in nature.