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Charles Korschann Lighted Gilt Bronze Figural Sculpture and Inkwell


This French Art Nouveau lighted gilt bronze sculpture by Charles Korschann, depicting a woman holding a bouquet of flowers on a tray, finds an inkwell on the opposite side.The elegant female form's bouquet of hydrangeas is wonderfully electrified so as to radiate dappled light outward. The disproportionate size of the lady in flowing golden robes implies she is a mythical creature tending to her garden.


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Item #: S-11947
Artist: Charles Korschann
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 13" height, 17.5" width, 9" depth
Materials: Gilt bronze
Signed: “Ch. Korschann Paris”
Literature: Inkwell pictured in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting, by Alastair Duncan, p. 129; Inkwell also pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 164

In 1900, when this lighted sculpture was first introduced, only 8% of French homes had electricity. So, to make an artistic sculpture with a purely decorative light was a firm statement of modernity.