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Folding Desk (France), ca. 1900

This is a Folding desk. It was designed by Emile Gallé. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is various woods. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

It is credited Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

  • Autofold Cane (USA), 1980s
  • rubber, elastic cord, aluminum, iron, reflective tape.
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 306619.10.
  • 14.2012.9

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Tray, ca. 1890
  • walnut, various wood inlays.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment.
  • 1985-122-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 99.1 x 61.6 x 52.1 cm (39 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 20 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On work surface; incised signature "Emile Galle Nancy" with a large "V" separating the components of the name, with "E" and "G" separated by a Cross of Lorraine.

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Folding Desk (France), ca. 1900; Designed by Emile Gallé (French, 1846–1904); various woods; H x W x D: 99.1 x 61.6 x 52.1 cm (39 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 20 1/2 in.); Gift of Harry C. Sigman; 2013-21-5

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