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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau Pâte de Verre "Rosaces" Night Light

In alternating deep pastel purple tones and with a rounded, oblong shape, this "Rosaces" pâte de verre night light by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau features a delicate softness of composition in exciting conversation with strong Art Deco design. Four stylized green hued peony blooms burst outward against the dark purple bands that halo them, decorating the bottom band of the petite lamp. The upper portion, similarly divided by patterned black bands, alternates between stippled purple and milky white hues until it reaches its apex at which point the light, airy colors give way to a dark, blackish crown.

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Item #: YEL-21240
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Country: France
Circa: 1923
Dimensions: 7.5" height, 3.375" diameter.
Materials: Pâte de verre, translucent glass, Wrought Iron
Signed: “G. Argy-Rousseau” and “France”
Literature: Similar lamp pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, J. Bloch-Dermont, Paris, 1990, p. 100

The shape of this nightlight was based on Egyptian head cones, perfumed cones of beeswax originally believed to slowly melt and perfume the hair of elite Egyptian women. Argy Rousseau was fascinated with ancient Egyptian aesthetics and the history of perfume. Early in his career, Argy Rousseau designed perfume bottles for Maison Franck. Additionally, he marketed many of his night lights as perfume-burning night lights. Combining historical references and florals epitomized the modernity of Art Deco design, pushing pastiche ornament into the realm of geometric abstraction.