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Style Art Nouveau / Ref.3917

Alexandre BIGOT (1862-1927) - Antique Art Nouveau style enamelled stoneware fireplace decorated with salamanders

Width: 46'' ½  118cm
Height: 41''   104cm
Depth: 12'' ¼  31cm
Inner width: 18'' ½  47cm
Inner height: 22'' ½  57cm

France, 20th century

Good condition.

Alexandre BIGOT (1862-1927) - Antique monobloc Art Nouveau style enamelled stoneware mantel decorated with salamanders and stylised flowers, circa 1900.

Alexandre Bigot (1862-1927) created the company Bigot, a ceramic manufacturing plant specialising in flamed stoneware in Mer (Loir et Cher) in 1889. In 1897, he created Company A. Bigot et Cie, which has 10 furnaces and employs up to 150 workers. He specializes in flamed sandstone, most often used for building facades.
Doctor of Science, professing physics chemistry in prestigious schools (including the Ecole des Mines), he first produced various decorative stoneware pottery covered with the enamels resulting from his research. Its production is made up of unique pieces but also series models, some of which are clearly influenced by the proximity of the Château de Chambord, built at the initiative of François 1er. Its emblem, the salamander, is included in the Bigot catalogue.
Alesandre Bigot worked with the greatest sculptors and architects of his time: Henri Sauvage for the Villa Majorelle in Nancy, Frantz Jourdain (La Samaritaine in Paris), Hector Guimard (Catel Béranger in Paris)...
At the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition, he won the Grand Prix for his ceramic animal frieze, based on drawings by animal sculptor Pierre-Paul Jouve, to decorate René Binet's monumental gate on the Place de la Concorde.
Its workshops closed during the war in 1914.

This fireplace is sold without any fireplace insert but with its marble floor, which is broken but will be restored in our workshop.
The original pier glass is available under ref. 11990