This Galle Art Nouveau dragonfly table is a new reproduction and considered Art Nouveau furniture style, which won rave reviews for the artist, Emile Galle.
Galle was a reknowned designer and artist and his work is synonymous with Art Nouveau. Free flowing curvilinear shapes and ornamentation featuring marquetry of floral, plant and animal motifs distinguish Art Nouveau style furniture.
This gorgeously carved table embodies the essence of the style. It uses an insect (nature) motif and has beautifully carved curves in it’s design. The scalloped table top is inlaid with the design of a dragonfly and this design continues with the solid mahogany carved figural legs. The legs represent the tail of the dragonfly. The body represents the sides of the table. It has a stabilizing second shelf which is also beautifully carved and curved. The second shelf is basically a smaller form of the scalloped top without the inlay.
From a design perspective, the Dragonfly Table has its origin from the Roman Tripod table in Italy. According to Galle’s notes, he wanted to immobilize the fast moving dragonfly in an inanimate object. Thus came about his famous Dragonfly Table formed by 3 insect dragonflies for the sides that supports the table top. It ends with the dragonfly tails as legs.
Where to find it?
Our version pictured below is finished in a rich antique brown stain and the wood used was solid mahogany. It was hand carved by Indonesian furniture craftsmen. However, Dian Furniture does not carry any more pieces of our own. We have seen this piece at Design Toscano. Design Toscano has gorgeous accents and furniture for inside and outside the home.