Details: Early 20th century vase titled "Femme, Amour et Fleurs" or "Women, Love & Flowers" by Luca Madrassi (1848-1919). This romantic vessel features two female figural nymphs flanking a winged cherub and a sweeping iris or tulip motif wrapping around the body of the vase. The back of the piece, where the artist's signature is inscribed in beautiful cursive lettering, is as beautiful to behold as the front. Included with the vase, is the original galvanized metal liner (3.5"w x 7"h), which is water tight and has a ring for easy removal. Although this vase is cast in bronzed white metal, the finish has a pewter quality, however the weight of the piece says otherwise- it is very heavy. An absolute showstopper on an entry table, dining table or anywhere it can be fully admired from all angles- and looks even more stunning when holding hydrangeas, lillies and even dried flowers, such as pussy willows!
Dimensions: 18"w x 13"d x 22.75"h (36 lbs)
Note about the Artist: Luca Madrassi was an Italian-born, French artist, best known for his bronze Art Nouveau sculptures of mythological, allegorical, and rustic figures. His work was influenced by the famed French illustrator and sculptor Gustave Doré. Born on June 8, 1848 in Tricesimo, Italy, he went on to study under Pierre-Jules Cavelier at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later worked in the studio of Doré. Madrassi exhibited at the Salon de la Sociéte des Artistes Français from 1879 on, becoming a French citizen in 1890. The artist died in 1919 in Paris, France.
Condition: The nymph on the left side has a hole in the top of her arm and it appears that the cherub, at one time may have been holding a bow and arrow, however, that has been lost on the vessels journey (see photos). The finish and the patina is exquisite.