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French Art Nouveau Lighted Gilt Bronze Inkwell with Sculpture by Korschann

A French Art Nouveau lighted gilt bronze sculpture by Charles Korschann, depicting a woman holding a bouquet of flowers on a tray with an inkwell on the opposite side.The elegant female form''s bouquet of hydrangeas is wonderfully lit so as to radiate dappled light outward. The disproportionate size of the lady in flowing golden robes implies she is a mythical creature tending to her garden. Pictured in: "Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting" by Alastair Duncan, page 129 and in "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris" by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 164.

French Art Nouveau Lighted Gilt Bronze Inkwell with Sculpture by Korschann

French Art Nouveau Desk by Selmersheim

A French Art Nouveau mahogany desk by Selmersheim, featuring original bronze pulls on the 14 separate drawers and the shelf that slides out from the desk''s right side.

French Art Nouveau Desk by Selmersheim

French Art Nouveau Desk

A French Art Nouveau mahogany Ecole de Nancy desk, featuring a hand-tooled leather top, letter rack and bronze drawer pulls with a floral motif. The rounded carved details also draw inspiration from vegetal forms.

French Art Nouveau Desk

Tiffany Studios "Grapevine" Picture Frame

An Art Nouveau gilt bronze and glass "Grapevine" picture frame by Tiffany Studios New York with an oval aperture. A similar frame is pictured in: "Tiffany Desk Sets," by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 95, figure 3-39.

Tiffany Studios 'Grapevine' Picture Frame

Tiffany Studios "Pine Needle" Picture Frame

An Art Nouveau gilt bronze "Pine Needle" picture frame by Tiffany Studios New York. The frame is rectangular with an oval center display and decorated in gilt bronze over mottled amber glass. A similar frame is pictured in: "Tiffany Desk Sets," by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 63, fig. 2-44.

Tiffany Studios 'Pine Needle' Picture Frame

French Art Nouveau Desk by Louis Majorelle

A French Art Nouveau desk in walnut, veneer wood fruit and bronze by Louis Majorelle. The three drawers of the desk are decorated in marquetry with flowers. The same pattern is repeated on the desk''s upright piece, which features letter holders on both sides. The pulls on the two upper drawers are in the shape of flowers. The desk''s legs are deeply carved and sinuous. A similar desk is pictured in Alastair Duncan, "The Paris Salons Volume III, Furniture", Antique Collectors'' Club, England, 1996 variant reproduced on page 403 and in Alastair Duncan, "Louis Majorelle," Abrams, New York, 1991, page 99.

French Art Nouveau Desk by Louis Majorelle

Bronze Viper Box by Alfred Daguet

An Art Nouveau bronze Viper Box by Alfred Daguet. The box is decorated with enamel and cabochon glass jewels. The snake''s body is also decorated with these glass jewels. Its body coils around the serpent''s head, which is depicted with an open mouth, displaying its forked tongue and fangs. Alfred Louis Achille DAGUET (1875 - 1942) was a metalsmith active in Paris during the first part of the 20th century. His metalwork created prior to the outbreak of World War I, noteworthy for its versatility and virtuosity, is the most sought-after among collectors today. Daguet mined many sources for inspiration be they Egyptian, Celtic, Japanese, Byzantine, Medieval or contemporary. He received formal training under the painters, Gerome and Clairin, both academicians associated with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts who had traveled to Egypt and explored themes of orientalism in their work. Daguet''s studio in Paris was located at 22 rue de Provence, just above Siegfried Bing''s influential L''Art Nouveau boutique. It is this association with Bing that is most significant to Daguet''s metier and what firmly places his work in art historical context. As a promoter and purveyor of Japanese objects, Bing capitalized on the craze for japonisme by expanding his commercial galleries from 1895-1904 to include artist workshops capable of making everything conceivable to create harmonious interior spa ... ces. Daguet''s finely-worked repousse copper sheets clad many decorative letter and desk boxes sold at Bing''s shop in the early 1900s. These boxes, which Daguet often further embellished with colored glass, unquestionably reflect the tenets of the Art Nouveau aesthetic. In addition to boasting famous clientele such as Sarah Bernhardt, who followed Daguet to his studio on rue du Faubourg Saint-Jaques following Bing''s death and the closure of his store, l''Art Nouveau, in 1905, Daguet''s work achieved critical success with inclusion in group expositions at the Musée Galliera, Paris, 1905, 1926; Salons of the Société des Artistes Français: 1900, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1909, 1910; and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901. Similar boxes by Daguet are pictured in: The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d''Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1999, pp. 202-203.

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 Bronze Viper Box by Alfred Daguet

Art Nouveau Covered Box by Alfred Daguet

An Art Nouveau Covered Box by Alfred Daguet. Alfred Louis Achille DAGUET (1875 - 1942) was a metalsmith active in Paris during the first part of the 20th century. His metalwork created prior to the outbreak of World War I, noteworthy for its versatility and virtuosity, is the most sought-after among collectors today. Daguet mined many sources for inspiration be they Egyptian, Celtic, Japanese, Byzantine, Medieval or contemporary. He received formal training under the painters, Gerome and Clairin, both academicians associated with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts who had traveled to Egypt and explored themes of orientalism in their work. Daguet''s studio in Paris was located at 22 rue de Provence, just above Siegfried Bing''s influential L''Art Nouveau boutique. It is this association with Bing that is most significant to Daguet''s metier and what firmly places his work in art historical context. As a promoter and purveyor of Japanese objects, Bing capitalized on the craze for japonisme by expanding his commercial galleries from 1895-1904 to include artist workshops capable of making everything conceivable to create harmonious interior spaces. Daguet''s finely-worked repousse copper sheets clad many decorative letter and desk boxes sold at Bing''s shop in the early-1900s. These boxes which Daguet often further embellished with colored glass unquestionably reflect the tenets of the Art ... Nouveau aesthetic. In addition to boasting famous clientele such as Sarah Bernhardt who followed him to his studio on rue du Faubourg Saint-Jaques following Bing''s death in 1905 and the closure of his store, l''Art Nouveau, Daguet''s work achieved critical success with inclusion in group expositions at the Musee Galliera, Paris, 1905, 1926; Salons of the Societe des Artistes Francais: 1900, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1909, 1910; and the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901. Similar boxes are pictured in: The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d''Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1999, pp. 202-203.

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Art Nouveau Covered Box by Alfred Daguet