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Art Nouveau jardinière, Lambert Escaler i Milà (ca. 1900)

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    Posted 7 years ago

    austrohung…
    (584 items)

    I took these pictures looooong time ago, but with so many items in our collections I'was postponing sharing it until i forgot about them.... and yes, it's almost a crime forgetting about this beautiful item. It's a terracotta jardinière made by the Spanish artist Lambert Escaler i Milà (a Catalan as you can guess for his name).

    Lambert was a playwriter as well as a multidisciplinar artist, but is mostly remembered as an sculptor and decorator.

    His terracottas showing women in the Art Nouveau style, that he made mostly between 1900 and 1910, are his best known work. One of the secrets of his success was that his terracottas were produced in series, so they were cheaper than stone or marble sculptures. During the 1900 Paris Exhibition, Escaler realized that there was scarce offer of “bibelots” in this style, so he decided to specialise in the subject. He made terracotta sculptures from plaster moulds, which allowed him to make a big quality production. The colour was later added without need of a second baking and it was individualized for each piece, what gave a handmade finishing to this series produced items. The success was inmense.

    - - - -

    By the way, maybe you don't know, but the name for Art Nouveau in Spain is Modernismo, and was such since the very begining. As you all must know, Art Nouveau is the name used in France and Belgium, but its equivalent in other places got different names: Arte Nova in Portugal, Liberty or Floreale in Italy, Jugendstil in Germany, Sweden, Finland... (here, in architecture, they also used the National Romantic style or something of the sort), Sezessionstil in Austria, Szezessio in Hungary... Funny as it seems, in England they kept on using the term Arts & Crafts for applied arts and something like Free Edwardian for architecture, even in the shapes were actual Art Nouveau/Jugendstil ones... Even if traditionally the work of both Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Harrison Townsend has been understood as British Art Nouveau only till recently the term Art Nouveau hasn't been used there...

    The Spanish term, which probably was first used in Catalan as Modernisme, always causes some problem with translations as what is called as Modernism in English is used when talking about the architectural and decorative style used in the mid to lates 20th onward (even if in the wikipedia -if we're to trust it, they say that "Modernism, in general, includes the activities and creations of those who felt the traditional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, philosophy, social organization, and activities of daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political environment of an emerging fully industrialized world".

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    Comments

    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks moonstone, marychain and agh for loving it!!!
    2. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Hi Austrohungaro. What a beauty. I do love these. Thanks for the informative post :)
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      A real STUNNER!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      SHES VERY BEAUTIFUL!!
    5. maryh1956 maryh1956, 7 years ago
      Exquisite!
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      You're most welcome, Fran!!! Thanks so much for your love!

      Also thaks for loving and/or commenting to maryh1956, mike, pops, Sean and Vet!!! So glad you love our little Art Nouveau lady :)
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      By the way, maybe you don't know, but the name for Art Nouveau in Spain is Modernismo, and was such since the very begining. As you all must know, Art Nouveau is the name used in France and Belgium, but its equivalent in other places got different names: Arte Nova in Portugal, Liberty or Floreale in Italy, Jugendstil in Germany, Sweden, Finland... (here, in architecture, they also used the National Romantic style or something of the sort), Sezessionstil in Austria, Szezessio in Hungary... Funny as it seems, in England they kept on using the term Arts & Crafts for applied arts and something like Free Edwardian for architecture, even in the shapes were actual Art Nouveau/Jugendstil ones... Even if traditionally the work of both Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Harrison Townsend has been understood as British Art Nouveau only till recently the term Art Nouveau hasn't been used there...

      The Spanish term, which probably was first used in Catalan as Modernisme, always causes some problem with translations as what is called as Modernism in English is used when talking about the architectural and decorative style used in the mid to lates 20th onward (even if in the wikipedia -if we're to trust it, they say that "Modernism, in general, includes the activities and creations of those who felt the traditional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, philosophy, social organization, and activities of daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political environment of an emerging fully industrialized world".
    8. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      She is beautiful.

      Thanks for the information too Austro. I have only got my head around Art Nouveau and Jugendstil since joining CW and I have been confused at times by the overlaps with other names. Great stuff!
    9. MrsWarren MrsWarren, 7 years ago
      Unbelievably gorgeous. Lucky you :}
    10. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      She is beautiful. Wonderful piece
    11. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      She is beautiful! What a great artist. Thank you so much for your information.
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      ooops, there's a huge ist of you guys to thank for loving our lambert Escaler piece!!!

      Thanks to: GlueChip, Violet, fledermaus, Woman34, Amber, kyratango, toni, freiheit, melaniej, MrsWarren, surf, bratjdd and Mikko!!!

      We've just back home from a couple of days spent in the city of Bilbao, at the north of the country, and we'ge got an amazing "bad" weather there, with rain, cool temperatures and so on... simply wonderful!!! (and a nice rest from our dry, close to 100ºF usual Summer weather). We visited the Guggenheim Museum (and the famous F.O. Gehry building) and ate amazing tapas...
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your love hocultcha!!!
    14. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      What a beautiful piece austro as always only the best on your posts :-)
    15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks MANI!!! After all we're men of excellent taste... LOL
      It's not always the best, but we try!

      Also thanks to COGITO and CZECHMAN for loving!!!!!
    16. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      No argument from me . You 2 have exquisite taste in collecting :-)
    17. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks!!!!!!! :$ You really are lovely!
    18. AmphoraPottery AmphoraPottery, 6 years ago
      Lovely face.
    19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your lo ve and comentarios AMPHORA.

      Best wishes for the New year!!!
    20. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Lovely piece. And great informative article, I know understand what is meant by Jugendstil.
    21. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks KATHERINE. I am glad the post has bien useful to you.

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