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 plate with iridescent glaze by Clement Massier depicting a dancing woman. Loïe Fuller employed smoke, billowing fabrics and dramatic lighting in her choreography, creating an ethereal, otherworldly effect, the likes of which the world had never seen. Clement Massier drew inspiration from her for this iridescent glazed ceramic charger, where Fuller seems to be floating in a sea of the unknown. The feathered decoration in the enamel work merges with her swirling draperies, further accented by iridescent green and purple highlights against a golden ground. The inspiration for the subject matter of the plate was undoubtedly the American dancer and choreographer, Loïe Fuller, whose dances with swirling silks and experimental lighting made her a legend. A similar charger is pictured in: "Loïe Fuller: Goddess of Light," by Richard Nelson Current and Marcia Ewing Current, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997 (see center color images).
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