This box shows the influence of the Ancient Americas on the Art Nouveau movement. It features two pelicans in the style of Mesoamerican and Costa Rican idols. The addition of glass and stone cabochons give the feeling of a treasure box found in a Mayan temple. Daguet created this low relief design with a combination of techniques, including repouseé, chasing, stamping and stippling. Alfred Daguet fabricated his unique objects in the studio above Sigfried Bing's Maison L'Art Nouveau in Paris.
About Alfred Daguet
Alfred-Louis-Achille Daguet was a metalsmith who specialized in repoussé copper panels made for application to hinged boxes, mantel clocks, picture frames, album covers, and elements of desk sets. His delicately rendered images of flowers, birds, sea creatures, bats, and an occasional gorilla were enriched with colorful cabochons, giving them a medieval appearance. Daguet, whose workshop was located above Siegfried Bing's famed boutique L'Art Nouveau, provided Bing's shop with metal-clad objets d'art. Famed actress Sarah Bernhardt owned pieces designed by Daguet. His work was exhibited at La Société des Artistes Français in 1903 and 1904. [Source: Jason Jacques]