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French Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze Sculpture by Agathon Léonard

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A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze sculpture by Agathon Léonard. This sculpture from the series Jeu de l'echarpe is a rare model featuring a woman with tambourines, circa 1900. The sculptor Agathon Léonard was born in Lille in 1841 as Van Weydvelt, but adopted a pseudonym for his professional life as a sculptor. He studied first under De La Planche and ultimately was elected to the Lille Académie de Beaux-Arts. In 1889, he received the Silver medal at the Exposition Universelle, and in 1900, he received the Gold Medal. This sealed his reputation within the art establishment, and he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in that year. Léonard's Jeu de L'echarpe was originally conceived as a porcelain group and executed by Sèvres, first exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. The series of fifteen figures consisted of fourteen female figures presented in a dance around a central figure, on bases of three differing heights. The edition sold out at the Exposition, and was so popular that it was reproduced in various editions, and ultimately issued in gilt bronze in conjunction with the Parisian foundry Susse Frères. The dancers of the Jeu de l'écharpe series are noted for their elegance, and their exquisite balance between classical form and Art Nouveau taste. There are several full sets in existence, one of the most important being the one presented to Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna by the French Republic during their state visit to France in September of 1901. Kept in the private apartments of the Empress at the Winter Palace, the suite is now in the Hermitage Museum. In addition, works by Léonard are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée de Nantes, among others. A similar sculpture is picutred in: Agathon Léonard: Le geste Art Nouveau, by Ingelore Böstge, Paris: Somogy editions d’art, 2003, p. 70, cat. no. 55. Signed, ''A Leonard Sclp', stamped with Susse Freres Paris foundry seal and 'M''.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Period
    1900-1909
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 18 in. x W 8.5 in. x D 11 in.H 45.72 cm x W 21.59 cm x D 27.94 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    B19324
  • Reference Number
    LU885415314971
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