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Stunning Pair Art Nouveau Bronze Dancers A Leonard

Pair of Art Noveau Bronze Figures of Dancers | Ref. no. 02901 Sold

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This wonderful pair of bronze figures of dancers feature them twirling scarves over their heads in the timeless Art Nouveau style.

They are recast from the famous original ‘The Play of the Scarf’ by Agathon Leonard and date from the last quarter of the 20th century. They bear the replica signature of Leonard.

These bronze figures are extremely lifelike and show the incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship that made Agathon Leonard so renowned.


As you will see from the photos, these fine bronze figures of dancers are in excellent condition.

More About Agathon Leonard

Leonard was born in Lille in 1841 making his a Belgian by birth. However, he moved to Paris at a young age and studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris under Eugene Delaplanche. In 1887 he became a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais and then a member of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Artes in 1897.

Some of his best known studies are figures of dancers. Perhaps the most famous of these is The Play of the Scarf which is executed in the classic fin-de-siecle style. The original piece was produced in 1897 and was rendered in gilt. Inspired by the renowned dancer Lois Fuller, it was displayed as a table centrepiece at the 1900 World’s Fair at the Pavillon de Sevres in Paris. He died in 1923 in Paris.

More About The ‘Lost Wax’ Technique of Bronze Figures Casting

Exploited by most cultures all around the globe, bronze figures have been created by this means since at least the 3rd millennium BCE.

The approach employs a wax model of the item to be cast, which is coated in plaster or clay to create a mold. The wax is heated and drained off once the mold is set. If a hollow bronze figure is desired then the wax model is fabricated around a heat proof kernel. Molten bronze is poured into the mold and left to dry. Once the metal has cooled completely, the mold is broken open to expose the bronze figure within.

Additional Information and Arranging Viewings

When dealing with Art Nouveau bronze figures of this quality it is really preferable to view them in person. Nevertheless we understand that this is not always achievable.

You are encouraged to email us or call us by using the contact information indicated above with any questions you might have about this delightful pair of bronze figures. We would also be happy to organise a viewing of this and our other bronzes at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment, quoting our reference as indicated above so we know which of our numerous bronze figures you are referring to.

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Shipping, Delivery and Return

You are considering superior bronze figures which demand careful packing and shipping to their final destination - your house or other place. We can pack and ship bronze figures to virtually any place globally, but we ask that you be sure to call or email for a shipping estimate before making a purchase these items so that we can fully discuss your requirements.

We ship to any mainland UK location cost free. If you are not happy with these items we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in compliance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be accountable for the return shipping fees for these bronze figures of dancers, unless we have incorrectly described them in some material way and you do not receive what you were wanting. You must return the items in their original packaging and condition.

You are also accountable for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 45 x Width 25 x Depth 16 & Weight 13 kg

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 6 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 6 inches & Weight 28.7 lbs

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


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Our reference: 02901