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François-Rupert Carabin "Femme à la Coloquinte" Ceramic Inkwell


This glazed ceramic inkwell, by French Art Nouveau artist, François-Rupert Carabin, is titled "Femme à la Coloquinte," or "Woman with Gourd." The charming, monochromatic ceramic in earthen-toned glaze features a nude female figure lovingly clutching a gourd, which has been positioned and creased so as to hold the position of a child. The female form looks lovingly onto the vegetable in her arms, her expression one of unbridled joy and affection as her arms tenderly embrace it.


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Item #: C-17984
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 5.25" height, 6" width
Materials: Ceramic
Signed: Impressed with artist cipher, "30"
Literature/Exhibition History: Similar inkwell as a sculpture pictured in L'ouevre de Rupert Carabin, 1982-1932, catalogue of the exhibition at le Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 1974, p. 230, cat. no. 189

The oversized nature of the gourd and relative size of the female form implies that the female creature may well be a mythical, magical or mystical one of lore, a wingless fairy charged with tending lovingly to her ward, the ripened gourd.