Pair of Regency Giltwood Wall Sconces, ca 1820
Bronze of Giggling Girl by Georges van der Straeten (1856-1928)
A very appealing and cheeky late 19th Century bronze of a young woman laughing behind her hand By Georges van der Straeten (1858-1928). It is very finely cast with much detail and raised on a rouge marble plinth.
It is signed and also bears the foundry stamp.
Georges Van der Straeten was a Belle Epoque sculptor born in Ghent, Belgium, on December 21, 1856. He studied under the Neo-Baroque sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908).
In 1883, the twenty-seven year old, Van der Straeten moved to Paris. While living in Paris he befriended Jean Marie Constantin Joseph “Jan” van Beers, a fellow painter and son of the Romantic poet Jan van Beers. He lived at 9 Hoche Avenue, Paris.
Van der Straeten showed at his first Paris Salon in 1885 and continued to show until 1912. He won many awards for his work, including the silver medal at the 1900 World’s Fair, Paris and a knight of the Legion of Honor in 1903.
Van der Straeten’s figures are detailed and inspired by the French artist Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and similar in style to the Italian sculptor Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). The work is Art Nouveau with an emphasis on the figure. His works have been produced in large numbers by French foundries Paris Bronzes Society, Pinedo and by ceramasist Friedrich Goldscheider.