An Albert Marionnet ( 1852 - 1910) art nouveau gilt bronze tray with surface patina from 1900 c. With apples and leaves cast in relief. Albert Marionnet was a French sculptor who was born in 1852. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Art Nouveau Vide Poche' sold at Christie's South Kensington 'Christie's Interiors' in 2011. The artist died in 1910.
These trays and many other bone desk accessories were made in quite large numbers by Albert Marionnet (Maker). Art nouveau could be said to be the first 20th century modern style. It was the first style to stop looking backwards in history for ideas, taking inspiration instead from what it saw around it, in particular the natural world. Hence, Art Nouveau shapes have organic shapes, often using leaves or flowers as moulds and decorative elements. Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils and lighting, as well as the fine arts.
Size : L. 34 cm. ( 13 25/64" ) x B. 20 cm. ( 7 7/8" ) x H. 2 cm. ( 0 25/32" ).
Weight : 1.6 Kg. ( 3 Pounds 8.4 Ounces ).
Condition : very good.
Marionnet Albert ( 1852-1910 ), gilt bronze tray, 1900c.
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