Galle, Claude

Considered one of the most important bronze smiths in the late 18th century and early 19th century, Claude Galle is nowadays one of the main references for Neoclassic style bronzes. Early in his career, he worked with famous founders like Antoine-André Ravrio and Jean Hauré. This gave him the opportunity to contribute elaborating bronzes for the Crown. During the Consulat he became Philippe Thomire’s main competitor. He supplied pieces for the Imperial Garde-Meuble, and furnished Compiègne and Fontainebleau castles. When he retired in 1813, he was replaced by his son Gérard-Jean, whose works, very much appreciated by English and Russian clientele, inspired foreign craftsmen like Andreï Voronikhin (1759-1814) and Friedrich Bergenfeldt (1768-1822). He died in 1815. His works are the pride of great collections like those of Count of Essex in Cassiobury Park or Pavlosk Palace in Saint-Petersburg.