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François-Rupert Carabin "Sirène et le Pieuvre" Bronze Inkwell

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This French Art Nouveau bronze inkwell, entitled "Sirène et le Pieuvre," or "Mermaid and the Octopus," by François-Rupert Carabin, features a reclining mermaid presenting the mouth of an octopus, revealing its underside, and inkwell. A beautiful play on an ancient means of sourcing ink, this sculpture's tranquility and solidity gives it the aura of an ancient carving, settled on a posterior wooden base.

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Item #: C-19841
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin
Country: France
Circa: 1897
Dimensions: 10.5" height, 5.5" width, 8.75" depth
Materials: Bronze, Wood (base)
Signed: R. Carabin
Literature: Inkwell pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1914, volume IV: Ceramics and Glass, by Alastair Duncan, p. 76; Inkwell also pictured in L'Oeuvre de Rupert Carabin 1862-1932, Catalogue D'exposition, Galerie du Luxembourg, 1974, p. 58; Inkwell also pictured in Art Nouveau, Sculpture, by Alastair Duncan, Academy Edition, 1978, p. 20; as well as in Le Modern Style, by Laurence Buffet-Challié, p. 74, plat 2

Known for work in plaster, bronze and ceramic, François-Rupert Carabin is most celebrated for his poetic and delicate treatment of the nude female form, as we find most splendidly rendered in this piece.
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