Pair of French Art Nouveau patinated spelter sculptures
French, early 20th Century
Figure with lyre: Height 92cm, width 48cm, depth 38cm
Other figure: Height 90cm, width 52cm, depth 33cm
The spelter works in this pair are after two of the leading Art Nouveau period sculptors: George Maxim and Auguste Moreau. The sculptures portray young women in animated, dance-like postures, wearing flowing dress that recalls Greek wet drapery. One figure holds a musical instrument, while the other spreads her arms as if to music. The figures stand on integral rocky bases above matching marble plinths. Each piece is affixed with a plaque, one reading ‘Libellule par Geo Maxim’ and the other reading ‘La Musique par Aug. Moreau Med. d’Or’.