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Léo Laporte-Blairsy French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture Antique Table Lamp

$2,910

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A very rare figural lamp by Léo Laporte-Blairsy, it depicts a mustached man in long robes carrying a Gothic lantern on post with his head held high. Tiny pieces of cut glass in iron astragals make up the three colored panels of the lantern, this accessible by raising the lid over a wire hinge to see the lightbulb within. The chiseling and finishing of the bronze is of self-evident excellence, the silky smooth surface finished in an even gold patina. It is raised over an original rouge marble base and is signed in the cast “Léo Laporte Blairsy“ and numbered along the back edge 58836 and 2. While his works regularly achieve well into the five-figures, the present lamp is priced very attractively due to its replaced lantern element (more visible when viewed at eye level). While all of his works are rightly considered rar e, only infrequently found on the open market, the present example is exceedingly uncommon. LÉO LAPORTE-BLAIRSY Born in Toulon on April 5th of 1865, Léo Laporte-Blairsy was the student of sculptors Jean-Alexandre Joseph Falguiére and Antonin Mercié. In 1894 he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and won a third-class medal. In 1896 he won a traveling scholarship, a second-class medal in 1898 and finally a first-class medal in 1904. He achieved a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 before becoming a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. Museum holdings of his works include “Le Réveil de Morphée” of 1894 in Toulouse at the Museum of Augustins, the “Allégorie de la Sculpture” of 1896 decorating the Toulouse School of Fine Arts and “L’Eprave” at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes. His bronze statuette of “Clémence Isaure” surmounts a fountain in Toulouse and several of his raised-relief plaques are held in the permanent collection of the Musée d’Orsay. He became one of the largest sculptors of Art Nouveau lighting beside his contem poraries Raoul Larche and Agathon Leonard. He is best known for La Voie Lactée (The Milky Way), La Fée au Coffret (Fairy with Casket), “The Chrysanthemum Lady” and “Woman with Shell”, each being an imaginative figural Art Nouveau lamp with light brought forth through their garments or the objects held in hand. The Gray Museum holds his neoclassical sculpture “Caresse de Faune”. He died in Paris in 1923. His figural lamps are incredibly rare and are highly sought after by collectors. Literature & Further Reading: The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackay, 1977, p. 223 Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p. 406 Noteworthy Sales: Bonham’s, 14 March 2012, lot 37 [a pair of 11” H bronze vases], achieved $ 22,192 USD Heritage Auctions, 7 December 2011, lot 66046 [a patinated bronze and shell figural lamp, 15” H], achieved $ 20,315 Christie’s, London, 20 April 2011, lot 6 [“La Voie Lactée”, a bronze figural lamp, 16 1/2” H], achieved 22,500 GBP Christie’s, London, 20 April 2011, lot 7 [“La Voie Lactée”, a bronze figural lamp, 16 1/2” H], achieved 51,650 GBP Christie’s, London, 17 October 2018, lot 273 [“La Voie Lactée”, a bronze figural lamp, 16 1/2” H], achieved 43,750 GBP Christie’s, London, 25 September 2012, lot 230 [“La Fée Au Coffret”, a bronze figural lamp, 18 5/8” H], achieved 11,250 GBP Christie’s, New York, 18 December 2007, lot 223 [a bronze figural lamp, 14 1/2” H], achieved $ 8,750 USD Measurements: 12 1/2” H x 7” W x 4 1/4” D.

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  • Creator
    Leo Laporte-Blairsy (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.5 in. (31.75 cm)Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Depth: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Style
    Art Nouveau (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 19th-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Lamp post has a replaced brass lighting element, visible beneath the underside of the lantern. Minor chips to rouge marble base. The wiring has been replaced, but the original cloth cord and elements have been retained.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 810SGP16Q | Silla, ltd.1stDibs: LU1059017742451

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