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Agathon Léonard "Danseuse Chantant" Silvered Bronze Figural Sculpture

$75,000

This silvered bronze sculpture, titled "Danseuse chantant" or "Singing Dancer," by Agathon Léonard, features a woman dancing, inspired by the American actress and dancer, Loïe Fuller. The serenity of the dancer's expression counters the vivacious movement implied by the structure of her beautifully layered robes. This figural sculpture is one of "Le jeu d'écharpe," or "The Scarf Set," originally produced and cast by Sèvres, and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The series was later cast in bronze by the Susse Frères foundry, with special limited editions in silvered bronze, such as this figure.

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Item #: S-14636
Artist: Agathon Léonard
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 20" height, 12" width, 7" depth
Materials: Silvered bronze
Signed: “A. Leonard sclp," stamped with the Susse Freres foundry mark, and the letter “M”
Literature: Similar figural sculpture model is pictured in Agathon Léonard: Le Geste Art Nouveau, by Ingelore Boestge, Somogy editions d'art, Paris 2003, p. 62, plate 35
Provenance: Elizabeth Taylor
 

 

"Le jeu d'écharpe," created by Agathon Léonard at the turn of the 20th century, consists of fifteen sculptures of young women in various poses; some women dance with scarves, others hold musical instruments, or carry flaming torches. Each of the fifteen dancers is unique in terms of her pose, hair style, and dress.
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