Francois-Raoul LARCHE, Loïe Fuller lamp Enlarge 1 /1

Francois-Raoul LARCHE

Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France 1860 – Paris, France 1912


Loïe Fuller lamp c.1900 Description: gilded bronze electric lamp in the shape of the American dancer, Loïe Fuller
Place made: Paris, France
Materials & Technique: metalwork, lamps, bronze, gilt gilt bronze, electrical fittings

Primary Insc: impressed, on front of base, 'RAOUL LARCHE' impressed, side of base, inside circle, 'SIOT.DECAUVILLE. PARIS / FONDEUR' impressed, rear of base, '?923'
Dimensions: 45.6 h x 23.0 w x 25.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.510

Larche’s design for this decorative table lamp was inspired by the graceful movements of Loïe Fuller (1862–1928), one of the most celebrated dancers in Paris during the late 1890s and after. An American, Fuller had developed a style of dance based on the swirling and billowing movements of her diaphanous veiled costumes.

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