Today we will continue the Art Nouveau story with the works of Émile Gallé French Art Nouveau artisan. We are moving away from windows for a little journey into other kinds of art works made during the Art Nouveau period.

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Gallé was not only a gifted artist  he was a wonderful human. As a convinced humanist he was involved in organizing evening schools for the working class (l’Université populaire de Nancy). He was also treasurer of the Nancy branch of the Human Rights League of France and in 1898, at great risk for his business, was one of the first to become actively involved in the defence of Alfred Dreyfus. Galle also publicly defended the Romanian Jews and spoke up in defence of the Irish Catholics against Britain.

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Eugène Vallin(1856–1922) was an architect as well as French furniture designer and manufacturer. Here we see a dresser designed and made by Vallin.

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And a rather scrumptious (to return to our banquet theme) office set!

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I’m off to Adelaide for a few days to watch one of my grandsons represent Victoria and Australia in the Oceania Track Cycling Championships. This is the first time he has represented Australia so we are all extremely excited. I am delighted to announce that Sam and his two team mates have won the Oceania Men’s Junior (under 19) Team Sprint - Australia beating New Zealand in the final which is very exciting.