Japanese style chandelier
Height : 67,5 cm (26,5 in.) ; Diam. 43 cm (16,9 in.)
Beautiful Japanese style chandelier in gilded, silvered and patinated bronze with three light-arms ending with corollas. It is composed of three patinated bronze masks inspired by the Nô theater, and three stylized fans, lined with blue tinted glass, centered respectively by a seahorse, a spider and a dragonfly. Cherry blossom branches complete the decoration. The whole is suspended by three cords reunited by an elegant knotted ribbon forming a roof light.
The author may have been inspired by a model created by Emmanuel Frémiet and Emile Vaudremer for the Dervillé Hotel, representing a boa offering an apple to a mask, preserved at the Orsay Museum (OAO 1651).
From 1853, an the opening of Japan following the intrusion of the US navy, and more precisely from the 1860’s, the enthusiasm of everything coming from Japan or imitating its style conquers numerous occidental countries from France and Britain. This movement, called “Japonism”, will last until the early 20th century. The previous centuries and decades had already had a certain interest for the exoticism such as chinoiseries ou turqueries in the 18th century or the Orientalism of the 19th century. The Japonism movement has been developed by artists looking for new means of expressions. Size, mediums, colours, drawing and perspectives are reinvented. Decorative Arts, as in painting, draw on those new sources of inspiration patterns to renew their repertoire.
Alastair Duncan, “The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Volume V : Objets d’art”, Antique collectors club, 1999, model to be compared with the one reproduced p. 501.