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Louis Chalon "Loie Fuller" Bronze Sculpture

This stunning gilt and patinated bronze sculpture of American performer Loïe Fuller by Louis Chalon functions as a candelabra. This unexpected lighted aspect is located in the figure’s hands, which grip the flowing fabric while being thrown. It is within the material thrown from Fuller’s hands the candles would rest. Fuller was known and adored for her groundbreaking dance routines that featured costumes as a property.

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Item #: YS-20987
Artist: Louis Chalon
Country: France
Circa: 1903
Dimensions: 9" high x 8" wide x 4.25" deep
Materials: Gilt and Patinated Bronze
Signed: L. Chalon; Founder's Mark: Louchet
Literature: Dynamic Beauty Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, Macklowe Gallery, 2011, p 104 Martin, Barbara. Zwischen Verklärung und Verführung: Die Frau in der französischen Plakatkunst des späten 19. Jahrhunderts. Germany: transcript Verlag, 2016, 429 Haslam, Malcolm. Art Nouveau. United States: Ballantine, 1988, 71

The choice to display Loïe Fuller as a candelabra is no mere coincidence. The dancer became an instant success after her inaugural performance in Paris for Édouard Marchand, the director of the Folies-Bergère. Overnight newspapers began to publish stories on how Fuller became the ​​“priestess of pure fire.”