Gabriel Argy-Rousseau (1885-1953) Pate De verre Art nouveau lamp
Boule Veilleuse French pate de verre floral decorated Art Deco designs in reds, white, black on a variegated yellow base. Electrified steel scrolled base with finial.
Circa 1922 with later finial and base pate-de-verre, wrought iron, impressed ‘G. ARGY-ROUSSEAU’
Diameter: 6 Inches (15cm)
Overall height 9.75in (24.6cm)
Condition: Shade, base and finial in overall good condition with no noticeable condition issue. In working order. Cord replaced and wired for US use.
Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, creative from a very early age, was a French sculptor, ceramicist and master glass artist, who played a pivotal role in the early 20th century art glass movement. His innovative designs, which included vases, lamps, jewelry, bowls, and other decorative objects, spanned both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Following his graduation in 1906, Rousseau took the title of “engineer-ceramist,” working in a research laboratory before devoting his focus exclusively to the art of pâte de verre. Gabriel Argy-Rousseau began exhibiting in 1914 and quickly gained success and fame with massive critical acclaim. Argy-Rousseau’s pâte de verre work is immediately recognizable for its technique and highly individualized decorative style that was apparent even in his earliest works. As was the ideal of the era, nature was the foremost theme in Argy-Rousseau’s work, where flowers, insects, animals, and the female form were abundant. From 1917 onwards, his naturalistic forms became increasingly elongated, and the influence of both Japanese art and Greek mythology became more apparent.