Bronze with a gilded patina
cast by SUSSE
height 41 cm
A very fine sculpture forming a lamp, diffusing a cosy light. The light bulb is subtly hidden in the twirling scarf.
This model is inspired by Loïe Fuller (1862-1928), an American dancer who lived in Paris. She was a pioneer of modern dance, and especially famous for the veils she twirled in her choreography.
Leonard Agathon Van Weydeveldt, said Agathon Leonard (1841-1923) was a sculptor of Belgian origin naturalized French. After studying art at the Lille Academy of Fine Arts and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Agathon Léonard settled in Paris for a long time, where after having exhibited at the Salon of 1868, he joined the Society of French artists in 1887, then to the National Society of Fine Arts in 1897. Very involved in the current of the Art Nouveau style, he exhibited many pieces (medallions, bronze statuettes and ceramics) finely worked.
Following an order from the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, dating from 1898, Agathon Léonard exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris his famous and important porcelain biscuit table centerpiece named "the scarf game", composed of fifteen statuettes representing dancers with dresses folds evoking the choreographies of Loïe Fuller or the neo-Greek dancers with the Delos tunics by Fortuny (two torch-lit dancers, a daisy dancer, a piping dancer, a dancer raising her skirt, a cymbal dancer, a singing dancer, four dancers with a scarf). The success of Agathon Léonard's group was breathtaking and the statuettes were sold in two sizes. In 1901, the artist presented the same figures, edited by the famous Parisian founder Susse Frères. In gilded bronze, chryselephantine (bronze for clothes, ivory for the flesh) or in silvered bronze, this new version confirmed the success of the statuettes which some of which were mounted in electric lamp, the bulb being precisely hidden in the scarf.
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