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Anthony Selmersheim Two-Tiered Fruitwood Pedestal


This French Art Nouveau fruitwood two-tiered pedestal by Anthony Selmersheim, features a delightful first tier that remains refined with its perfect circular parameters and only a slight but elegant outer lip. The second tier, by comparison, is imbued with a heavy spirit of joy; its four rounded spheres mimic the appearance of a flattened, but still lucky, four-leaf clover. The four legs of the piece are playful as well, bowing sinuously inward and outward to meet the two tiers at their necessary junctures before splaying outward in a ballerina's stance as it meets the floor.

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Item #: F-11464
Artist: Anthony Selmersheim 
Circa: 1902
Dimensions: 39.75" height, 21" diameter
Materials: Fruitwood
Literature: Similar pedestal pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996, p. 464

A young Anthony Selmersheim worked at La Maison Moderne of Julius Meier-Graefe, whose showrooms displayed rooms decorated in Art Nouveau style, with designers such as Henry van de Velde, Victor Horta, Charles Plumet, and Maurice Dufrêne.