A French Art Nouveau bisque ceramic figural sculpture by Agathon Léonard, titled "La danse du tambourin, tete penchée à droite" ("Tambourine dance, head leaning to the right"), from the series "Le jeu d''écharpe." Le jeu d''écharpe, created by Agathon Léonard at the turn of the 20th century, consists of 15 sculptures of young women in various poses. Some women dance with scarves; others hold musical instruments or carry flaming torches. Each of the 15 dancers is unique in terms of her pose, hair style and dress. Their dresses exhibit fluid drapery with flowing sleeves. The series was produced in both bronze and ceramic. Le jeu d''écharpe was inspired by the dancer Loïe Fuller. Pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris" by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 186; and in: Agathon Léonard: Le geste Art Nouveau, by Ingelore Böstge, Paris: Somogy editions d''art, 2003, p. 52, cat. no. 14.
A French Art Nouveau iridescent enamel-glazed ceramic charger by Clément Massier, after a design by Alphonse Mucha, depicting a woman''s profile in Byzantine dress and jewels. The particularity of this ceramic plate is that it combines Massier''s talent as a ceramist and Mucha''s talent as a draftsman. Indeed, the blond Byzantine head depicted on the charger was originally designed by Mucha in 1897, as part of his artistic diptych "Byzantine Heads."
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.
Petite coupe sur talon in enamel and 18 karat gold by André Fernand Thesmar (1843–1912). In original box. André Fernand Thesmar (1843-1912) was a French enameler. He is credited with bringing the soft-paste porcelain back into style, alongside sections with gold foil backings, in the 20th century. He also used the method of plique-à-jour, including works that were often inspired by Japanese and Chinese enameling. He showed his work at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The floral motifs that adorn this petite coupe sur talon by André Thesmar appear to float due to the expert use of plique-à-jour, a type of enamel that has no backing so that light can shine through it like leaded glass. Thesmar''s ability to create such an exceptional piece in gold and enamel shows a combination of artistry and technical genius that is very rare to come by. A similar coupe sur talon is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A French Art Nouveau ceramic urn designed by Louis Majorelle and produced by Mougin, featuring swirls of blue on a beige and ash-colored ground, with a snail at at the base. Similar piece pictured in: "Les Frères Mougin, sorciers du grand feu: gres et porcelaine 1898-1950" by Jacques G. Peiffer, p. 157.
A French Art Nouveau porcelain vase by Georges de Feure, featuring a blue and pink floral decoration on a glazed cream-white ground. Made for La Maison Art Nouveau Bing. Similar vase in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Similar vases pictured in: "Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style 1900" by Gabriel Weisberg, p. 204, pl. 198.
A French Art Nouveau ceramic "Gourd" vase designed by Ernest Bussière and produced by Keller et Guérin, featuring stylized high-relief berries on the gourd form, with green and purple enameled glazes. This vase was shown at the Exposition de l''Ecole de Nancy in Paris in 1903 (see "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. IV: Ceramics and Glass," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1998, p.261).
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