A beautiful bronze abalone shell with gilt gold that serves as a decorative dish for small personal items or a decorative piece. Beauty and function come together in this lovely bronze piece made in France during the height of the Art Nouveau era. It has an exquisite iridescent touch on the bowl of the abalone and seaweed curls around the edges as it drapes into the interior. It is a beautiful piece with all the sinuous design elements of the art nouveau era, or early 20th Century. The abalone shell was often represented in Art Nouveau patterns both in painting and materially. It became a seductive object of representation, symbolizing eternity, sexuality and the origins of the natural world. This is a piece truly inspired by nature, observing all the details to create a realistic form but stylized to heighten the slender of the shell. The base has a lift to it, and the shell curls up almost 1/2 and inch. The bowl of the shell measures 3 inches by 4-1/4. It seems like the abalone shell has been signed on the edge, top part of the shell but the signature has worn over time. An elegant piece for a Modernist Art Collection.
SEAT HEIGHT: 4¼ in
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