ca. 1892
Decorative Arts
Furniture and Furnishings
mahogany, silk embroidery, stenciled dyes
Overall: 60 3/4 × 81 1/2 × 2 3/8 in. (154.31 × 207.01 × 6.03 cm)
In order to create the central images for this screen, Paul Ransom first drew the designs on paper. Artist Laure Lacombe, his close friend and mother of the French painter Georges Lacombe, then executed these designs in silk embroidery on the screen. The two female figures, a cat, and perhaps a swan are all intertwined with various sensuous arabesque motifs. This unusual screen was displayed at the 21st Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1899.
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Displayed at the XXIe Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1899 (at Champs-de-Mars)
Peter Selz and Mildred Constantine (eds.), Art Nouveau. Art and Design at the Turn of the Century, Doubleday & Co., NY, 1959, p. 58 (for a distemper of "Women Combing Their Hair," 1892 - owned by Sylvie Mora-Lacombe, Paris)(the distemper is now owned by the Musee Clemns-Sels, Neuss, Germany (see exh. cat., Nabis 1888-1900," Prestel,Munich, 1993, p. 379, no. 201
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