L. Denizot, French Floral Cup & Saucer Design with Primrose - 1883 watercolour


An original 1883 watercolour painting, L. Denizot French Floral Cup & Saucer Design with Primrose.

This beautiful original design was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. Its floral naturalism and simplicity suggest influence of Japanese design, which was becoming increasingly popular amongst early artists working in the Art Nouveau style.

On brown paper. Laid down on backing paper. Please note that the brown paper is extremely fragile and must be handled with care.

Signed and dated lower right. Inscribed lower centre: 'Décoration d'une tasse et de sa soucoupe avec la primevère'. (Decoration of a cup and saucer with primrose).
There is a water stain running across the lower portion of the paper, as shown, and slight surface scratches and scattered marks. The brown paper is extremely fragile and brittle, causing various hairline cracks, which have been shored up by the backing paper.
51cm x 39cm.

This is one a spectacular set of original decorative designs we have for sale by a student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, working in the period 1881-3. A label on the drawings' original folio indicates that these designs were exhibited at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Such international exhibitions and world fairs were opportunities for nations to demonstrate their technical and scientific ingenuity - and present cutting-edge fashions in the fields of fine and decorative arts. These designs, principally for ceramics, are very much of their time. A product of the classical training of a prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, they incorporate elements of classical antiquity, but they also show elements of the new and avant-garde: the emerging Art Nouveau style which was to take centre stage at the 1889 and 1900 Expositions Universelles, and flourish in Europe for the next decade.

The majority of these designs are signed and dated by the artist, L. Denizot, and some are inscribed ‘inv’ and ‘del’, indicating that the artist not only drew these designs but invented them.

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Product code: JL-355

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