River Monster
River Monster
River Monster

This fantastic metal charger features a skillfully rendered fish, wonderfully expressive, with an upturned jaw, revealing sharp, long teeth. His fan-like dorsal fin is splayed in a defensive manner as he swims along, about to devour a mouthful of sinuous seaweed. His wildly gazing eye is enlivened with painted decoration, which is carried through to the roundels encircling the edge of the charger. A superb example of Alfred Daguet's distinctive work, which he fabricated in the studio above Sigfried Bing's Maison de l'Art Nouveau in Paris. Marks: engraved artist's monogram AD

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]

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