A French Art Nouveau vase by Charles Korschann in gilt-bronze. The vase has a diamond-shaped base that tapers to a narrow rounded top, where it intersects with swirling stems and flower buds that form the handle, and features sculpted decoration in relief. On the front, we see a nude female figure emerging from a field of poppies with flowers in her long, flowing hair. The composition is all about movement and abundance, with the entire space carpeted in flowers and the maiden''s hair spilling out over the frame. The reverse, on the other hand, is more sedate and controlled, depicting a stylized arrangement of flower buds, stems and leaves in a structured, ordered composition, executed in a lower relief with thin incised lines echoing the shape of the three flower buds like ripples in the water. The vase combines many common motifs from Symbolist and Art Nouveau design: bats (shown in relief on the top), poppies and seductive women, or femmes fatales. Together, they evoke a mysterious dream-state, suggested in the identification of poppies with opiates and bats with the night.
A French Art Nouveau patinated bronze figural jardiniere by Alfred Marionnet. The body of the jardinere is decorated with a nude female embracing the vessel. The woman''s naked feed extend beyond the jardinere''s curving form. The vessel is also decorated with branches that have leaves and berries in relief. The rim of the jardinere is encircled by entwined branches.
A French ceramic planter, known as "Chalmont," by Hector Guimard . The planter features a blue interior with stylized handles with gold highlights. The exterior is glazed in dark brown. A similar planter is featured in: Philippe Guimard Thiébaut edition of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1992. Model reproduced on pages 258 and 262.
A French Art Nouveau green ceramic planter known, as "Chalmont," by Hector Guimard. The planter features a blue interior with stylized gold-highlighted handles. A similar planter is featured in: Philippe Guimard Thiébaut edition of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1992. Model reproduced on pages 258 and 262.
A rare French Art Deco ovoid-shaped vase by Claudius Linossier. This geometric vase is constructed with silver-domed brass heel and patinated fire decoration and silver inlays on a hammered brown background. Claudius Linossier (1893-1953) was a highly important French Art Deco metal artist who chose to work in the very old and very difficult technique of dinanderie, which involved decorating hand-raised copper vessels with specially-made metal oxides that were hammered into the surface, and, when heated, produced subtle and beautiful colors. For more information about Linossier and this technique, have a look at our bio of him. His pieces can be found in many museums and private collections. Bibliography: "Claudius Linossier dinandier" - Jean Gaillard, Lyonnaise Editions of Art and History, Lyon, 1994. Our vase, appearing on an archive photograph reproduced on page 166, referenced 605 (year 1925) and accompanied by a note of the artist: [Black vase, red copper, silver. 60 Dollars. Very beautiful ovoid shape]
A Tiffany Studios bronze "Marsh Marigold" planter, featuring a repeating pattern of marsh marigold leaves and vines around the gilt bronze base. The marsh marigold was included in one of the first four "Dragonfly" lamps made in April, 1899, entitled "Dragonfly and water flowers." The lamp was a collaboration between the female designers Clara Driscoll and Alice Carmen Gouvy. Gouvy, who would later design for the metalwork and enameling department created this breathtaking naturalistic design. The planter has faint reddish enameling in the design to give the illusion of a fierce sunset peaking through a dense underbrush. The truly organic shape of the leaves featured is highlighted by the undulating modeling of their forms.Identical model planter pictured in "Louis C. Tiffany''s Glass - Bronzes - Lamps: A complete collector''s guide", by Robert Koch, page 224.
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