L. Denizot, French Porcelain & Gilt Bronze Bowl Design-1881 watercolour painting


An original 1881 watercolour painting, L. Denizot French Porcelain & Gilt Bronze Bowl Design.

This beautiful original design was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. The porcelain and ornate bronze gilt style is typical of French 19th century ceramics, but the organic symmetrical fronds of the bowl's inner pattern show elements of early Art Nouveau style, as well as geometry reminiscent of Islamic patterns.

On thin paper watermarked 'Lafuma Voiron'.

Please note that this picture will ship rolled in a tube. The paper is somewhat delicate so requires care when handling.

Signed and dated lower right. Inscribed lower right: 'Coupe en porcelaine peinte et bronze doré'. (Bowl in painted porcelain and bronze gilt)
There is some scattered foxing across the sheet, as shown, and a number of short repaired tears to the edges. The paper is fairly thin and has rippled in places, and there is also the odd small mark or patch of abrasion.
56cm x 42cm.

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-350

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