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By Larche, François-Raoul (French, 1860-1912)
Titled 'Les Roseaux,' this work is an exceptionally rare Art Nouveau sculpture by the acclaimed artist Larche, cast in beautiful patinated bronze.
Executed in beautifully wrought patinated bronze and in the form of a life-size dancing female figure, 'Les Roseaux' is a work of c.1900 by the acclaimed and pre-eminent Art Nouveau sculptor, François-Raoul Larche. Best known for his female figures both nude and draped, Larche was one of many artists influenced by the dancer Loïe Fuller, whom he depicted here standing among tall reeds with light fittings and drapery trailing behind her.
This figure, and smaller versions of it, usally in the size of table lamps, were made by Larche and the leading Parisian foundry Siot-Decauville. This particuar piece is the only work of this model in this size; smaller ones have appeared at auction, but an art nouveau bronze of this quality and scale is an exceptionally rare find. Fuller is depited with wondeful vitality: her movement, athletic physique, and intriguing character, are all rendered in this sumptously patinated bronze sculpture.
She is signed for the Siot foundry and for Larche, and bears various other marks. Life-size and with various lighting fittings, she makes for an exceptional piece of art history, sculpture, and a beautiful work of interior design, lighting up the room with the timeless grace and allure of this captivating dancing pioneer.
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