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Louis Chalon (Attributed) "Danse du papillon" Bronze Sculpture

This stunning silver and patinated bronze sculpture, "Danse du papillon," is likely of dancer Loïe Fuller attributed to Louis Chalon, and features turquoise cabochons. Fuller, known for her famous fabric-throwing choreography, usually names her routines after their source of inspiration. The dancer’s bare breasts, arms, and face are silver, while her hair and costume are patinated bronze. Four lines of turquoise cabochons start small and increase in size as they approach the ends of the wing-like fabric surrounding her, mimicking the natural colors and patterns of a butterfly.

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Item #: YS-20978
Artist: Attributed to Louis Chalon
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 11" high x 9.5" wide x 6" deep
Materials: Silver and Patinated Bronze, Turquoise Cabochons
Signed: Franz Xavier Bergman's foundry marked "B Geshutz" "5468"
Literature: Dynamic Beauty Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, Macklowe Gallery, 2011, p 105

The unification of silver and bronze in sculpture is not a common combination in Art Nouveau sculpture. But Louis Chalon, as a painter and sculptor, was both a goldsmith and silversmith. Chalon is known as one of the few artists to include precious metals and, as seen here, gemstones in his art