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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau "Musiciens Grecs" Pâte de Verre Glass Vase

$37,500

This French Art Nouveau pâte de verre vase, entitled "Musiciens Grecs," or "Greek Musicians," by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, features a wonderfully soft composition in hues of lush purples and powdery pinks depicting an abstracted human form gently stroking a lyre, kneeling on the border of a frieze in deep magenta that runs along the base of the vase. The patterning found in the frieze can be seen in the background of the entire composition is various depths of relief.

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Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Circa: 1928
Dimensions: 9.75" height, 5.5" diameter 
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Signed: G. Argy-Rousseau
Literature: Similar vase pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, J. Bloch-Dermont, Paris, 1990, p. 216
 

One of Gabriel Argy-Rousseau's most important source of inspiration was Ancient Greece, and the subject matter of this vase relates to that theme. Against a pale pink background stands a musician playing the lyre, one of the most emblematic Greek instruments. The frieze on the bottom of the vase reminds one of the magnificent friezes in Greek temples.

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