Guéridon fleuri

VICTOR FONTAINE (1837-1884)

Guéridon fleuri

19th century Belgium

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Antique French 19thC ‘Salon’ frame with moulded ornaments; original matt and burnished water gilding
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An extremely stylish and pleasing composition, this dates from the final decade of Fontaine’s career. The arrangement of flowers, vase and lacquer box points to the interests of the infant and avant-garde Aesthetic movement, with its enthusiasm for japonaiserie (the box, the chrysanthemums, the blue and white china vase), and its colour harmonies. The delicate chrysanthemum petals are formed by single expert brushstrokes, the transparency of which against the red background reflects the subtle pearl shades of the foreground flowers, and offsets their pale green centres. The table-top (the guéridon) is littered with fallen flowerheads – however, this still life is not a memento mori, but a balanced and beautiful composition. The original Salon frame complements it perfectly: its rich accretion of ornament confined and undercut by the severe linear structure.
Dimensions
Height 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
Width 46.50 cm (18.31 inches)
External Height 78.70 cm (30.98 inches)
External Width 68.60 cm (27.01 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
'V. Fontaine'
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