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L. Hestaux

Louis Hestaux Louis HESTAUX
Metz 1858 - Nancy 1919
Draftsman, painter, decorator

Emile Gallé, Chrysanthemum vase decorated by Louis Hestaux, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

In 1871, the Hestaux family left annexed Metz and settled in Nancy. Louis Hestaux began his artistic studies in Nancy by attending night classes at the municipal design school from 1872 to 1873. He joined Gallé's workshop as a draftsman in 1876 and became a key contributor until 1919. He had secured the artistic direction of the business after Emile Gallé’s death in 1904. Furthermore, he collaborated in the elaborate and exceptional designing of works such as The Rhine table and the Flora marina, Flora exotica plant box presented at the 1889 World Fair. Hestaux also designed the décor for mass produced pieces. He exhibited several symbolist inspired furniture pieces and decorative objects as well as drawings, watercolors, and paintings. As a decorator, he created fabric designs for Charles Fridrich and produced by the Maison d’Art Lorraine.

Louis Hestaux was a member of the Ecole de Nancy Board of Management since 1901.


- Philippe Thiébaut. Les dessins de Gallé. Paris : R.M.N., 1993
- Françoise-Thérèse Charpentier. Louis Hestaux. Cat exposition musée de l'Ecole de Nancy. Nancy : Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy