Vase, "Reine des Pres" (Queen of the Meadows) - ROM2005_1432_1


Vase, "Reine des Pres" (Queen of the Meadows)

Maker: Designed by Louis Chalon (French, 1866-1940), cast by the founder Louchet for the retailer, Colin & Cie
Medium:Cast and gilded bronze, chased decoration
Geography: Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: c.1900-1901
37.5 x 20 x 10 cm
Object number: 998.136.135
Credit Line: Donated from the Collection of Bernard and Sylvia Ostry; Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
DescriptionStylized depictions of women as allegories were part of the artistic vocabulary of many artists associated with various aspects of the Symbolist movement. The figure here, perhaps a depiction of the allegory of smell, with the floral wreathed halo emanating from behind her head, is a fine example of Art Nouveau small-scaled gilt-bronze work by the multi-faceted artist Louis Chalon. Initially trained as an academic painter, Chalon produced other related works for Colin & Cie & Cie, in which he kept alive a tradition for making decorative gilded bronzes that dates back to the eighteenth century.

Art Nouveau was an international art movement that drew inspiration from the curvilinear organic forms found in nature, 17th century auricular and 18th century rococo styles, and the more stylized geometric forms found in Japanese art. It was also influenced by Symbolist art. It arose in Europe and America largely as a reaction against imitative historicism that characterized so much nineteenth century architecture and design, and the often poor quality of industrially produced consumer goods, a desire shared by followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The practitioners of Art Nouveau sought to create an overall organic aesthetic unity (or gesamtkunstwerk) in the multi-faceted works they created
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