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Art Nouveau Bronze Vases*
Matching pair of early Art Nouveau bronze vases designed and signed by Elias.
The design is very typically Art Nouveau, incorporating flowers and leaves on both sides of the vase’s stem and the rounded, flared base. Pretty Bellflowers appear on one side and more open Gardenia type flowers on the other. The high, angled handles seem to intertwine towards the top and the whole effect is one of quiet elegance.
Originally these would have been completely gilded but, inevitably, age and use has worn some of it away. There is enough left however, and this combined with the all-over aged patina makes for a most attractive finish.
Edouard Pierre Joseph Elias was a successful Belgian sculptor who worked in bronze around the turn of the century, at the heart of the Art Nouveau era. He also produced busts and other figures. These vases date from around the 1890’s.
Approximately 32 cm tall, with the bases having a diameter of around 14 cm at the widest point.