Archibald Knox Gold Pendant for Liberty
Gold pendant with an openwork entrelac design from the drawing board of Archibald Knox and dating from circa 1905. Set with a central blister pearl drop and with a turquoise matrix lower drop, this pendant…
‘Lady on The Seine’ by Dietz Edzard*
Ornately framed oil on canvas by the German born artist Dietz Edzard (1893-1963). This is an atmospheric half length portrait of an elegantly dressed young woman taking refreshment whilst seated on a verandah raised above…
Loetz ‘Candia’ Vase with Silver Overlay
Little cabinet vase from Loetz in opaque ‘Candia’ glass with a trefoil rim, further decorated with an applied Art Nouveau ‘Silberiris’ design in pure silver. Loetz collaborated with a company in the US known as…
WMF Flower Dish
Pewter flower dish from WMF with the original green cut glass removable liner. So Art Nouveau, with its flowing outline, featuring an openwork whiplash design framing leaves and berries of ivy. Originally electro-plated but most…
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Henri Fantin-Latour Lithograph “La Nuit”
Number 33 of a limited edition lithograph by the acclaimed French artist and lithographer Ignace Henri Jean Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), better known simply as Henri Fantin-Latour.
For most of his life Fantin-Latour was known as a still-life and portrait painter, these type of commissions earning him a good living, but during his later years he was able to indulge a passion for creativity of a more imaginative and expressive nature.
He produced a series of drawings, pastels, oils and lithographs inspired by his imagination, including Le Soir (evening), La Nuit (night), Aurore (dawn) and Le Jour (day).
This poetic and sensual image, taken from the original oil on canvas, shows a young nude woman reclining at night in the heavens with a cherub or putto alongside her. In the words of the French art critic Gustave Geffroy writing in 1897, "No woman ever lay more softly, in a painted heaven, enveloped in waves of soft clouds" .
When we acquired it, the frame was too badly damaged to be restored so we have had the image reframed in the same style and attached the small plaque crediting the artist and titling the picture "Le Soir".
The original wax seal and signed, numbered certificate is attached verso.
The overall size is 55.5 X 65 cm with the image alone measuring 45.5 X 54 cm.