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Henri Godet Enameled Bronze "Femme Fleur" Sculpture


This "Femme Fleur" sculpture by Henri Godet depicts the patinated bronze head and neck of a young woman with flowing hair and serene expression growing out of an enameled red and yellow lily flower, the petals of which also double as a charming crown for the young lady. The French Art Nouveau sculpture rests on a red marble base, with the flower perched on a green enameled leaf decorated with a gilt bronze flower.


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Item #: S-15028
Artist: Henri Godet
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 6" diameter, 9" height (including base)
Materials: Bronze, Enamel, Red marble
Signed: "H Godet," and impressed "20"
Literature: Sculpture featured in Art Nouveau Sculpture, by Alastair Duncan, New York, Rizzoli International, 1978, p. 47; Sculpture also seen in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, New York, 2011 exhibition catalogue, pp. 133-34 

The "Femme Fleur" is a common, and usually quite beautifully attended to, trope in the Art Nouveau era. Art Nouveau masters such as Godet aimed to create human personifications of nature, considered the highest form of beauty at the time, and created stunning female characters to embody such living creatures as flowers or more abstract subject matter, like seasons.