Fountain and a Bowl (Primary Title)

François-Rupert Carabin, French, 1862 - 1932 (Artist)

Decorative Arts
Furniture and Furnishings
walnut, stoneware, pewter
Overall: 70 1/4 × 34 7/8 × 12 3/4 in. (178.44 × 88.58 × 32.39 cm)
Not on view
François-Rupert Carabin was a sculptor, wood-carver, and draftsman. Throughout his lifetime he worked in a variety of media, including clay, wax, bronze, precious metals, woods, and ceramics. A series of his bronze female figures depicting the American dancer Loïe Fuller is on view in the Art Nouveau gallery. He often created images of female nudes, as seen in this fountain and bowl, in both his sculpture and carved wood furniture. Here the female figure in stoneware is a container for water, and the ceramic pond and lily pads below serve as the catch-basin and soap dishes. There is a wooden towel bar at the upper right. An almost identical fountain and bowl, now at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, was displayed at the Salon of Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1898.
Inscribed (on water container, lower right): R. Carabin 10
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Similar to an example displayed at the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1898 (now almost certainly at the Musee d'Orsay);

1898, Paris, Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts, cat. 252 (related ex.)

1898, Vienna (check our “Ver Sacrum,” no. 5/6, p. 3, repr. p. 16 and 54)(related ex.)
1898, Vienna (check our “Ver Sacrum,” no. 9, n.p.)(related ex.)
1898, Vienna (check our “Ver Sacrum” Sonderheft, p. 26, L. Hevesi, “II. Ausstellung der ereinigung Bildender Kunstler Osterreichs”)(related ex.)

1934, Paris, Musée Galliera, Rupert Carabin, cat. no. 10 (related ex.)

1974, Paris, Galerie Luxembourg, L’Oeuve de Rupert Carabin, (ex. no. 2), p. 233 (related ex.)

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