Pair of Regency Giltwood Wall Sconces, ca 1820
Georges Van Der Straeten Bronze of a Young Woman
A gorgeous quality Art Nouveau bronze of a young Continental woman by Georges Van Der Straeten. (1856-1928) She wears her hair up with a bow around her neck and her gown low cut to expose her shoulders. It is signed and with 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 ceramsist Friedrich Goldscheider.