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.
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