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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël

Peacock Casket

Armand
Point
Alger, 1861 – Naples, 1932
1899
Wood, chase gilt bronze, enamel, lapis-lazuli, cabochons
39 cm x 39,6 x 31 cm

Armand Point trained initially under the watercolourist and landscape painter Auguste-Clément Herst. A visit to North Africa inspired him to paint a series of Orientalist works, several of which were acquired by the state. In 1894, he travelled to Italy and was filled with enthusiasm for the Renaissance painters.

From 1895 onwards, he experimented with enamelling and set up an artists’ colony in the forest of Fontainebleau, which the poet Elémir Bourges named Hauteclaire after the sword of Roland’s companion Olivier in the medieval epic. The peacock casket was inspired by one of the masterpieces of the goldsmith’s art from the Limousin region preserved at the Musée de Cluny in Paris.
Armand Point used different enamelling techniques to create a very refined object. The decorative unity of the casket is maintained by the peacock motif chased on the base of the casket in the form of a foot and spreading its tail on the top of the roof. On the four sides, enamelled peacocks display their trailing tail feathers amidst tangled vine boughs.

The peacock, symbol of immortality, and the bunches of grapes alluding to the Passion of Christ and the Eucharist are two motifs borrowed from early Christian art. The richness of colour based on harmony between greens and reds and the elegance of the lines in the form of arabesques make this casket one of the most stunning examples of Symbolist decorative art.

Inventory number: 
OGAL00075
Inventory number : OGAL00075
Acquisition details : Acquired in 1899
Room 1. The decorative arts in 1900
Paris 1900
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