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On display on Level 1

Hector GUIMARD

Lyon, France 1867 – New York, United States of America 1942

designer

  • Paris, France New York, United States (/9/1938)

Xavier RAPHANEL

Lyon, France 8 April, 1876 – 27 April, 1957

modeller

8 April, 1876 – 27 April, 1957

GILARDONI FILS, A. BRAULT ET CIE

commenced 1880 – 1980

manufacturer (organisation)

Vase for the Castel Béranger c.1897 Place made: Choisy-le-Roi, Île-de-France, Val-de-Marne, France
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, glazed stoneware

Dimensions: 21 h cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.1088

The architect, Hector Guimard was the most prominent designer of the French Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1885, becoming a professor there from 1891 to 1900. His striking 1899 designs for the entrances to the Paris Metro stations demonstrated his mastery of the organic Art Nouveau style, which he applied to numerous architecture and decorative arts projects in Paris, including this vase, designed as part of the decoration for the Castel Béranger.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design