Fine Art Nouveau "L'Etang" (The Pond) Jardiniere featuring frolicking children, circa 1890's. Well cast sculpture by one of the most highly regarded artists working in France in the Art Nouveau Era. A similar example is pictured in The Paris Salons-vol. V, page 369. This is an unusual example by Larche, well known for his design of The Loie Fuller lamp. Dimensions: 10 1/2" H., 11 1/2" W.; signed,circa 1890's.
Chiparus portrayed children in his earliest works. This rare and massive example depicts a spirited youth playing pipes. Detailed casting by Etling, the artists early foundry. Greenish patina with contrasting golden-brown high lights to hair and pipes. A similar subject shown in a photo with Chiparus in his studio; page 13 in "Chiparus-Master of Art Deco", by Alberto Shayo. Dimensions: Height 15", Length 21", Width 6 1/2".
Gilded bronze seal signed A. Marionnet. Fine quality casting of deep relief foliates and opening flower heads. France circa 1900. 4 1/4" H.
A lovely bust of an elegant woman in hat with a ribbon about her neck. An example typical of the finest works associated with this highly regarded artist born in Belgium in 1856. Bears Societe Des Bronzes De Paris Foundry Seal. Onyx base. France circa 1890. Titled "Theresa", an example pictured in 'Bronzes Sculptors Founders' by Berman; page 340. Dimensions: 7 3/4" H.
Georges Van Der Straeten born in Belgium 1850. An Art Nouveau Bronze of a woman with hair upswept into a ribbon. Lush brown patina. lovely features capture the remarkable expression and detail this sculptor is known for. Societe Des Bronzes De Paris Foundry Seal, France circa 1890. Onyx base. Dimensions: 7 3/8" H.
Exquisitely cast gilded bronze urn by the famous Barbedienne Foundry in France circa 1900. Detailed relief floral clusters are found upon the top. Additional stylized Art Nouveau flower forms enhance the circumference as well as the sides of the form with its variegated marble base. Signed F. Barbedienne, Paris. 8 3/8" H.
Fine cast bronze of a boy holding an early carved flute-like instrument known as a chalumeau. The figure with wavy hair wears a jacket, hat and fur-lined shoes. A basket of fruits rests behind. Signed upon the squared base, Duchoiselle. The sculptor, active in France in the nineteenth century, created a highly regarded pair of bronzes depicting Native American Indians in canoes. France, circa 1880. 24" H., 7" W., 6" D.
Lovely bronze hand mirror with reticulated Art Nouveau florals. Detailed cast blossoms and leaves surround an oval-form mirror. France circa 1900. 7 1/2" W., 13 1/2" L.
Gilded bronze letter opener with detailed Art Nouveau florals in relief upon both sides of the opener. Fine functional size and form for use. Artist signed, A. Cladoux. France circa 1900. 5 5/8" L.
Sweet Art Nouveau bronze letter opener. A young boy in detailed relief with his heels upward, contemplates a rabbit among grasses. Open, curved handle. Made in France circa 1900. 8 1/2" L.
Large Art Deco figure group of Diana the Huntress, by J. Dauvergne. A kneeling Diana holds a spear as two leaping ibex run forward. The figures are upon an elaborate, variegated, cream-and-caramel onyx base with green onyx insets. Geometric marble forms further enhance the bold Art Deco design. Diana, with a patterned drape about her shoulder, is patinated in silver and gold; the ibex in aubergine. Signed upon the base, J. Dauvergne. France circa 1925. 21" H., 33 1/2" L., 7 1/8" D.
Bronze bottle opener mounted with a cast figural swan. The form is a fine example made by Richard Rohac (1906-1956) in Austria circa 1950. Rohac trained with Hagenauer prior to establishing his own metal workshop in 1932. He was well-known for creating stylized, Modernist figures of animals as well as other decorative sculpture. Signed beneath with the artist's backward/forward double "R" mark. 1 3/4" H., 3" L.
French Empire-design, gilded bronze photo frame with acanthus-leaf borders. Top is mounted with a ribbon and wreath. Oval opening with its textured gilding can be removed to convert frame into a rectangular form. France circa 1900. 5 1/4" W., 7 1/4" H.; 3" W., 3 7/8" H. oval photo; 4 3/4" W., 5 1/2" H. rectangle photo
Bronze of a 16th-century gentleman holding two geese. Charming depiction of the well-known bronze sculpture by Hans Peisser, titled "Gaensemaennchenbrunnen" ("The Goose Man's Fountain"). The original sculpture, cast in 1550, is located in the Nuremberg Town Hall square in the old town. The depiction portrays the tale of the geese being carried to market, and as they loudly protested, the gentleman took pity upon them and swiftly returned them to their home. This detailed casting rests upon a variegated green marble base and bears the original retailer's label beneath, G.G. Leykauf. Nuremberg circa 1910. 6 1/4" H.
Gilded bronze French- Empire-design frame with a detailed, cast Napoleonic eagle perched upon its top. Lovely, cascading floral appliques adorn its silk liner. A relief pattern of heart-shape foliates at the frame's borders completes the design. France circa 1890. Beautifully re-backed in suede. 5 1/2" W., 8 1/2" H.; 3 1/2" W., 4 3/4" H. photo
Stunning antique gilded bronze frame in the Empire style. A cornice with foliate detail supported by twist pillars floats in front of the frame. Turned finials are upon the base as well as top corners. A finely cast ribbon and wreath are mounted on the top. France circa 1900. 6" W., 9 1/4" H.; 3 7/8" W., 5 3/8" H. photo
Gilt bronze frame with scrolling openwork foliate borders. Burnished highlights enhance the elegant design. France circa 1900. 4 1/2" W., 6: H.; 3 7/8" W., 5 3/8" H. photo
Sweet bronze sculpture of a Dutch boy holding a pipe. Nicely cast with a rich olive-brown patina. Signed "Kek," also known as Keck. Hans Keck sculpted figures of children and was active 1900-'25. Bronze stands upon a black onyx base. Germany circa 1910. 5 3/8" H.