Posted 4 years ago
Although I am not a great fiend of golden stuff, not even gilded bronze, there are some items I cannot but love. Amongst these are the Richard Müller candle holder I already posted some months ago
( http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102049-brass-candlestick-richard-mller-k-m?in=collection-2125 )
a Josef Hoffmann art deco box and this amazing tray by Alexandre Charpentier.
Alexandre Charpentier (1856-1909) was a French sculptor, medalist, craftsman, and cabinet-maker (a room totally designed by him for the banker Adrien Bénard in 1901 is exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris). He’s less well known than other Art Nouveau designers such as Gallé, Guimard or Majorelle, but he played an important rôle in the emergence of Art Nouveau. His career was brief; there were just over twenty years between his first success at the Salon in 1883 and his last work in 1905. He was also an excellent portrait painter, and portrayed over five hundred prominent people of the time, mostly in medals, an art form he helped to revive.
As for the fourth pic, here's the text that accompanies it at the website i found it at:
Alexandre Charpentier (1856-1909)
Enfant chantant, modèle de bouton de porte, 1893
Plâtre pâtiné - Diam. 6,6 cm
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
Photo : RMN, Hervé Lewandowski
As you can appreciate, it's a very simmilar head to that of the boy in our tray, so even if it's difficult to date my guess is that it was made sometime between 1893 and 1900.