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Paul Loiseau-Rousseau "Riding the Wave" Gilt Bronze Vide-Poche


Aptly titled "Riding the Wave," this striking vide-poche, by Paul Loiseau-Rousseau, features an awing interior look at the chicane of a cresting golden wave. At the base of the wave, and the dish itself, the current breaks, and lifts up, revealing the profile of a woman who appears to be in a dream-like state, despite the aquatic turbulence that surrounds her.


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Item #: S-12596
Artist: Paul Loiseau-Rousseau
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 5.5" height, 12" width, 11" depth
Materials: Gilt bronze
Signed: “P. Loiseau Rousseau”
Literature: Vide-poche pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 202

The entire composition of this marvelous work is given further naturalistic underpinnings as its overall shape can be read as similar to the shape of an ocean-dwelling shell.