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Antique 1920s art nouveau Georges Van Der Straeten bronze budoir lamp sculpture in the shape of a young woman warming herself at a camp fire, with inkwell or keepsake compartment.
Georges Van der Straeten was a Belle Epoque sculptor born in Ghent, Belgium, on December 21, 1856. He studied under the Neo-Baroque sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908).
In 1883, at the twenty-seven years old, Van der Straeten moved to Paris. While living in Paris he befriended Jean Marie Constantin Joseph ""Jan"" van Beers, a fellow painter and son of the Romantic poet Jan van Beers. He lived at 9 Hoche Avenue, Paris.
Van der Straeten showed at his first Paris Salon in 1885 and continued to show until 1912. He won many awards for his work, including the silver medal at the 1900 World's Fair, Paris and a knight of the Legion of Honor in 1903.
Van der Straeten's figures are detailed and inspired by the French artist Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and similar in style to the Italian sculptor Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). The work is Art Nouveau with an emphasis on the figure. His works have been produced in large numbers by French foundries Paris Bronzes Society, Pinedo and by ceramist Friedrich Goldscheider.
The artist died in Ghent in 1928.
Good Overall – Gentle wear; re-wired with contemporary plug; see pictures
12.5” x 8.5” x 11.25” (Width x Depth x Height)