A French Art Nouveau ceramic covered jar by Rupert Carabin, depicting a female nude wrapped around a gourd form, with a deep green glaze. All of Carabin''s ceramic work was done by his own hand. This piece was made by Moulines, 20, rue Laffite. Pictured in: "L''oeuvre de Rupert Carabin 1862.1932," by Colette Merklen, page 228 and in "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris," by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 81.
A French Art Nouveau "Femme-Pieuvre," brown glazed ceramic inkwell by Rupert Carabin, wherein a woman ecstatically rips open the head of an octopus, spilling its ink. A beautiful play on an ancient means of sourcing ink, this sculpture''s tranquility and solidity give it the aura of an ancient carving. Pictured in: "The Paris Salons 1895-1914, volume IV: Ceramics and Glass" by Alastair Duncan, p.76; "L''Oeuvre de Rupert Carabin 1862-1932, Catalogue D''exposition, Galerie du Luxembourg", 1974, pp.229 and 232; "Art Nouveau, Sculpture" by Alastair Duncan, Academy Edition, 1978, p.20; and in: "Le Modern style" by Laurence Buffet-Challié, p.74, plat 2.
A French Art Nouveau "Femme à la Coloquinte," glazed ceramic inkwell by François-Rupert Carabin. The inkwell features a nude woman embracing an unusually large gourd. A similar sculpture is pictured in: "L''ouevre de Rupert Carabin, 1982-1932," catalogue of the exhibition at le Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 1974, p. 230, cat. no. 189.
A French Art Nouveau bronze sculpture of a castanet dancer in motion with flowing gown by Rupert Carabin. This barefoot woman holds her castanets out in front of her. Carabin made a number of sculptures of dancers in different poses.
A French Art Nouveau plaster plaque, titled "Allegory of Wine," by Rupert Carabin. The plaque, which is painted brown, features two nude women in bas-relief, one seated with her arms extended, the other standing in profile and coyly holding a dish of fruit. The delicate interaction of the two women celebrates the female form and feminine sensuality. Freed from the constraints of corsets and fashion, Art Nouveau sculpture frequently explored the female nude and embued her with a new mystique. Pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris", by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 83.
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