email Send us a message


phone By phone

+33 (0)1 42 25 12 79
Tue.-Sat., from 10am to 6pm
+33 (0)6 60 62 61 90
Everyday from 9am to 7pm.

email by Email


share Let's get social

And also...
My selection
(0 Objects)

Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.14931

BACCARAT crystalworks, La Vague Inkwell, 1909

Width: 15''   38cm
Height: 5'' ⅞  15cm
Depth: 7'' ⅞  20cm


Bon état

The crystal factory designed this inkwell in molded and reworked crystal decorated with gilded bronze elements, testimony to the alliance between glass work and that of bronze workers specializing in decorative art.

The crystal takes the form of a hollowed wave, at the top of which rests a gilded bronze mermaid; her wavy hair highlights the nudity of her body, in a languid and sensual pose.

Founded under Louis XV, the French crystal factory Baccarat demonstrated its excellence and creativity at Universal Exhibitions throughout the 19th century.

The two ink reservoirs are fully in keeping with the maritime theme: they take the shape of a shell and a fishing basket, surrounded by swirling seaweed.

This masterpiece of Art Nouveau was exhibited during the International Exhibition of Eastern France, in Nancy, in 1909. It testifies to the influence of Japanese arts on Western artists, notably La Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.

The “La Source” inkwell, created by Paul Aubé in 1898, served as a source of inspiration for “La Vague”, eleven years later. The latter is more significant of the influence of Far Eastern arts.

For more information on this work, see the video on

Price: on request

Please contact us if you want more informations.
Plus d'informations