Certificate of origin
This is to certify that Galle style glass is the result of a long and difficult technology of manufacturing by the Romanian artist.
Galle type glassware started to be made in Romania when the daughter of Royal Manufacture’s owner in Azuga went to study in France, married a young man of the Montesy family and came back home bringing the Galle technique with her.
Much later, Buzau, a very old town of Romania lying between the Carpathian mountains and the fertile lowlands of south-eastern part of the country, became famous for its Galle type vases and lamps and bowls as well as for Daum Nancy type articles and Muller and Schneider type items with floral, landscape, geometrical and biblical designs.
To reach Galle quality needs very high skills and experience in order to bring the best products. Part of the work is based on the glass blowers individual abilities that were achieved after years of experience.
Still the work is done as is used to be hundreds of years ago because no machine can handle the moulding glass as a man and a blowing-pipe can do. These processes allow the worker to feel the shape of glass as the artist can feel the shape of a sculpture out of a piece of stone.
The piece of work needs to pass several stages till it will get to you, it starts being applied between 3-5 layers of different colored glass than it is laid to chill in the oven for few hours.
After that it is subjected to repeated paintings and acid cuttings to produce the floral or landscape design.
The most important thing to know is the fact that everything is hand made because no industrial processing is possible to achieve the same quality.
Even the shape, colors and design may be similar for certain model of Gallé type product; in fact each one is unique.
After annealing, glass can be embellished in various ways, the most common being engraving, etching, and painting.
Designs on glass can also be produced by etching the surface with acid, or by sandblasting; this produces a frosted effect and is particularly suitable for large items such as window glass.
Glass can also be painted with enamels, which are then fused into the surface in a low-temperature kiln. In gilding, gold leaf, gold paint, or gold dust is applied to the glass and sometimes left unfired; low-temperature firing, however, is necessary to render it permanent.
Thus, in the creation moments, the satisfaction that derives from the appreciation of these is represented by the extent and future estimations.
This is the reason they are unique, so beautiful and so full of life.
Don’t hesitate and enjoy yourselves of such articles.
MARILENA & EMIL CIUBOTARU