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Agathon Léonard "Danseuse À L'Écharpe No. 14" Gilt Bronze Sculpture


This gilt bronze sculpture by Agathon Léonard, entitled "Danseuse À L'Écharpe No. 14," was likely inspired by the incredible "scarf dancing" made famous by the renowned turn-of-the-century dancer, Loïe Fuller. The incredible bronze form seems frozen by a Midas touch mid-motion; though lushly monochromatic, the figure is so well-cast as to give individual life to every fold, crease and ripple of fabric, as well as the dancer's delicate, serene features.

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Item #: YS-19618
Artist: Agathon Léonard
Circa: 1901
Country: France
Dimensions: 24" height, 18" width, 10" depth
Materials: Bronze
Signed: A. Léonard
Literature: Sculpture featured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe and Goldring, 2011, p. 190; Sculpture also seen in Agathon Léonard: Le geste Art Nouveau, by Böstge, 2003, p. 75


After Agathon Léonard's bisque porcelains won acclaim at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, he proceeded to collaborated with the Susse Frères foundry to produce the renowned original fifteen-piece table-top group "Le jeu d'écharpe," for which he is now seen as a master in French Art Nouveau style.