Émile Gallé worked for the Burgun & Schverer glass company before establishing his own company in 1873. Gallé opened a small woodworkers shop in 1885 where he began experimenting in marquetry designs in furniture, while he continued working at his father's factory. In 1889, Émile Gallé displayed his new glass creations at the Paris International Exhibition, designs and colors not previously seen and causing an immediate sensation. Gallé's work and cameo glass in particular has always been widely copied even during Émile Gallé's lifetime. Gallé died in 1904, and his widow continued to make Gallé glass designs in the factory until the World War I in 1914. These pieces were still produced with the Gallé signature but a star was added to his name following his death. After World War I, Paul Perdrizet, Émile's son-in-law, began producing Gallé glass once again, even adding new designs but primarily making the multi-layer cameo glass with floral and landscape patterns. All Gallé production eventually ceased in 1936.

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