Style Other / Ref.11452
Eugène SOLEAU - Chandelier with Beshimi masks
Width: 20'' ½ 52cm
Height: 33'' ⅛ 84cm
France, Circa 1900.
Japanese style chandelier in gilded bronze with four lights, featuring three Beshimi masks inspired by the Japanese Nô theater and three fans, lined with green, orange and violet glass paste, fans ornated on their base by a tarantula, a seahorse and a dragonfly, blooming branches of cherry trees.
Signatures engraved on the handle of a fan "E. SOLEAU" and "PARIS" .
It is likely that Eugène Soleau drew inspiration from the sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet (1824-1910) for this chandelier. We find the composition of Beshimi's masks on a model of chandelier created by Fremiet and by the architect Emile Vaudremer (1829-1914) for the Hotel Dervillé now in the permanent collection of the Orsay Museum (OAO 1651). The Fremiet chandelier is composed of an interwoven boa around the stem ending with a Beshimi mask.
Bibliography : Alastair Duncan, "The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Volume V: Objects of Art," Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1999, model to be compared with that reproduced on p. 501.
We also offer for sale an identical chandelier which could form a pair, signed "E. SOLEAU", with pink, orange and green glass plates.
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