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Edgar Brandt Serpent Tray


The form of this exquisite Edgar Brandt serpent tray was inspired by East Asian Bronze mirrors. In East Asian culture, mirrors were one of the most potent symbols of power, revered as sacred objects representing the gods. They were admired as artistic objects, with intricate pictorial designs on their backs. For the center of his tray, Brandt transformed his signature C-scroll motif into a vortex of wind, evoking the gales of Zephyrus. The handles are composed of two entwined serpents flanking a solar disk. A variation on this symbol was carved into the cornice of the Horus Temple at Edfu, Egypt.

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Item #: B-20557
Artist: Edgar Brandt
Country: France
Circa: 1926
Dimensions: 19.25” height, 27” width
Materials:  Gilt Bronze
Signed: ''E.Brandt''
Provenance:  Gallery Moderne, Belgravia, London, November 11, 1989. 

Edgar Brandt, who found fame and fortune as an artillery designer and manufacturer in France during the first and second world wars, was most dedicated to his work as an artist in metalwork. He made invaluable contributions to both country and the arts, receiving such prestigious awards as Knight of the Legion of Honor, and the Medal of Honor for Applied Art by the Societe des Artistes Francais.