EGIDE ROMBAUX attr. (1865-1942) Belgium
Nymph with Iris Blossoms c.1900
Finely hand carved ivory in the form of a full figure nymph with an iris blossom and buds, blue agate base with gilt bronze mounts
For more information see: Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lighting, Alastair Duncan (New York: Simon & Schuster, Publishers, 1978)
H: 9 1/2″
Egide Rombaux, born 1865 in Brussels, was the son of the sculptor Félix Rombaux and student of Charles van der Strappen and Joseph Lambeaux. Rombaux was one of the more eminent of the Belgian School at the turn of the century; he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1891, and subsequently became a professor at the Institut superieur des Beaux-Arts in Anvers. Sculptor and medalist, he principally did ivory groups (such as his ‘Venusberg’, displayed at the 1897 chryselephantine Tervuren exposition, and his ‘Daughter of Satan’, now at the Musée Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels), portrait busts and statues. He also collaborated with silversmith Franz Hoosemans on a delightful range of candelabra and tablelamps.
Abstract sculpture c. 1970
Lacquered red wood on an orange plexiglass base
DÉSIRÉ CHRISTIAN (1846-1907) France
MEISENTHAL (LOTHRINGEN) France/Germany
Gourd vessel in the Japanese taste c. 1885-90
Wheel-carved and martelé French cameo glass with metallic inclusions and applied glass (blossoms, tendrils and butterflies)
Signed on the bottom: Desire Christian, Meisenthal Loth
For information on Désiré Christian see: The Glass of Désiré Christian, Ghost for Gallé, Jules S. Traub (Chicago: The Art Glass Exchange, 1978).
H: 8 1/2″ x Dia: 4″