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Léo Laporte-Blairsy "La Voie Lactée" Glass and Silvered Bronze Sculpture

US$85,000

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This French Art Nouveau silvered bronze sculpture, entitled "La Voie Lactée," or "The Milky Way," by Léo Laporte-Blairsy, features a glass globe created by Daum Nancy. In this daring work, the spirit of creation is depicted as a regal, elegant beauty, draped in a swirling robe of cosmic dust scattered with stars and a bold star-shaped collar and stars in her long, flowing hair, as she gently suspends the expanding galaxy with an expression of intelligence and pride. The deep blue glass globe, adorned with white five-pointed stars, which represents the Milky Way itself, is framed by billowing sleeves and lit from within, signifying the artist's early embrace of electricity. Artist: Léo Laporte-Blairsy, with glass by Daum Nancy Circa: 1904 Dimensions: 16.25" height, 9.25" width, 8.25" depth Materials: Silvered bronze, glass Signed: "Léo Laporte-Blairsy" with foundry mark "Susse Frères Editeurs Paris" Literature: Similar sculpture featured in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting, by Alastair Duncan, New York, 1978, p. 111, fig. 52; Similar sculpture featured in The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Vol. V: Objets D'Art & Metalware, Woodbridge, 1999, p. 367 (design illustrated); Similar sculpture featured in Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, by Victor Arwas, London, Andreas Papadakis, 2002, modèle reproduit p. 270

Details

  • Creator
    Leo Laporte-Blairsy (Sculptor),Daum (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.25 in. (41.28 cm)Width: 8.88 in. (22.56 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Art Glass,Bronze,Silvered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1900-1909
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1904
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: S-195581stDibs: LU885418179312

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About the Maker

Daum

For collectors, Daum is a name in the first rank of the French makers of art glass, along with those of Émile Gallé and René Lalique. Led in its early decades by the brothers Auguste (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), the company, based in the city of Nancy, established its reputation in the Art Nouveau period, and later successfully adopted the Art Deco style.

In 1878, lawyer Jean Daum took over the ownership of a glassworks as payment for a debt and installed his sons as proprietors. Initially, Daum made glass for everyday purposes such as windows, watches and tableware, but the success that Gallé enjoyed at the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris — the international showcase for which the Eiffel Tower was built — inspired the Daum brothers to begin making art-glass pieces. They produced popular works of cameo glass, a decorative technique in which an outer layer of glass is acid-etched or carved off to reveal the layer below, but Daum became best known for vessels and sculptures in pâte de verre — a painstaking method in which finely ground colored glass is mixed with a binder, placed in a mold and then fired in a kiln. 

Though early Daum glass was never signed by individual artists, the firm employed some of the masters of the naturalistic, asymmetrical Art Nouveau style, including Jacques Grüber, Henri Bergé and Amalric Walter (whose first name is frequently misspelled). Daum also collaborated with furniture and metalware designer Louis Majorelle, who created wrought-iron and brass mounts for vases and table lamps. In the 1960s, Daum commissioned fine artists, most notably Salvador Dalí and sculptor César Baldaccini, to design glass pieces. As you see from the works offered on 1stDibs, Daum has been home to an astonishingly rich roster of creative spirits and is today a state-owned enterprise making pâte de verre figurines. 

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