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François-Rupert Carabin "Femme au Pieuvre" Glazed Ceramic Inkwell


This piece, entitled "Femme au Pieuvre," or "Woman with Octopus," by François-Rupert Carabin, is a brown glazed ceramic inkwell wherein a woman ecstatically rips open the head of an octopus, spilling its ink. A beautiful play on an ancient means of sourcing ink, this sculpture's tranquility and solidity give it the aura of an ancient carving.


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Item #: C-17869
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin
Circa: 1897
Dimensions: 6.5" height, 6" diameter
Materials: Ceramic
Signed: Stamped with the artist's cipher
Literature: Ceramic inkwell pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1914, volume IV: Ceramics and Glass, by Alastair Duncan, p. 76; Ceramic inkwell also pictured in L'Oeuvre de Rupert Carabin 1862-1932, Catalogue D'exposition, Galerie du Luxembourg, 1974, pp. 229 and 232; Ceramic inkwell also pictured in Art Nouveau, Sculpture, by Alastair Duncan, Academy Edition, 1978, p. 20; Ceramic inkwell also pictured in Le Modern Style, by Laurence Buffet-Challié, p. 74, plat 2

Widely celebrated and documented, this arresting inkwell's poetic subject matter makes it a particularly special piece in François-Rupert Carabin's oeuvre.