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Antique French Art Nouveau Alabaster Sculpture Of Dancing Lady 19th Century

Antique French Art Nouveau Alabaster Sculpture Of Dancing Lady 19th Century

Antique French Art Nouveau Alabaster Sculpture Of Dancing Lady 19th Century


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This is a splendid antique French Art Nouveau snow-white and red alabaster sculpture of a graceful dancing lady in classical dress, circa 1890 in date. 

This finely carved sculpture depicts a beautiful young lady graciously dancing in bare feet in a long sleeveless classical robe - she is exquisitely depicted bending slightly backward one leg standing forward in tiptoe. She is gently twisting around with her right arm placed on her left shoulder and the other arm behind her back.

She is candidly smiling and looking downward while making gentle movements with her hair carefully tied up. Like a living being she seems almost to dance in front of us and the sculptor has clearly attempted to make the alabaster come to life. 


It stands on a sturdy and robust rectangular alabaster base. 


The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this artwork.  


In really excellent condition, with no chips, marks, or signs of damage. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 65 x Width 30 x Depth 18

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 2 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 7 inches

Alabaster - is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals, when used as a material: gypsum and calcite also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster or Oriental alabaster.

In general, but not always, ancient Alabaster in Egypt and the Near & Middle East is calcite. Alabaster in medieval Europe is gypsum. Modern Alabaster is probably calcite, but may be either. Both are easy to 'work' and as both are slightly water soluble, have been used for making a variety of indoor artworks and carvings, as they will not survive long outdoors.

The finer kinds of alabaster are employed largely as an ornamental stone, especially for ecclesiastical decoration and for the rails of staircases and halls. Alabaster is also used widely by the sculptors.

In Europe, the centre of the alabaster trade is Florence, Italy.


W30.0 x H65.0 x D18.0 cm



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