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"Butterfly Dancer" by Bouraine & Argy-Rousseau

Documentation Signed
Origin France
Period 1920-1949
Materials Glass.
W. 5.38 in; H. 10.12 in; D. 3.75 in;
W. 13.67 cm; H. 25.7 cm; D. 9.53 cm;
Creation Date 1928
Description A French Art Nouveau "Femme papillon" or butterfly woman pâte de cristal by Marcel Bouraine & Gabriel Argy-Rousseau. The nude female figure in this piece arches her back and neck so that her wavy hair touches her large decorated wings. The sculpture ranges from yellow through amber into brown, with a brown base.

Born Joseph-Gabriel Rousseau, in a small village outside of Chartres to a farming family, Rousseau became Argy-Rousseau after his marriage to talented Greek composer Marianne Argyriadès. Argyriadès, who grew up in a social and artistic circle that included Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, was such a deep source of creative support for the glass artist that he changed his surname to include the first four letters of her maiden name, becoming Gabriel Argy-Rousseau and signing his work as such for the rest of his career. Argy-Rousseau became fascinated by Greek classical mythology after his marriage to Marianne, and often chose to depict Grecian goddesses in his works. This particular figure depicts Psyche, the beautiful Greek mortal turned goddess and wife of Eros (Cupid), whose name means both soul and butterfly.

An identical piece is on display at: The Corning Museum of Glass, New York. inv 60.3.8.

A similar piece is pictured in: G. Argy Rousseau: Glassware as Art, by Janine Bloch-Dermant, London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991, cat. no. 28.17.

Signed, ''in the mold PÂTE DE CRISTAL/D'ARGY-ROUSSEAU and Bouraine and numbered 5''.
Styles / Movements Art Nouveau, Modern
Dealer Reference Number P-19357
Incollect Reference Number 316875
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