International Decorative Art

Art Nouveau Bronze Lamp

Art Nouveau Bronze Lamp

Design Date c. 1902

Designer Claude Bonnefond (1868–1936, French)

Media bronze and glass

Dimensions 13 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 6 inches

Claude Bonnefond was born in Mâcon, France in 1868. He exhibited at the Le Salon des Artistes Français in 1892 and 1893. In 1894 he worked for Keller and Guerin Pottery in Lunéville and participated in the Exposition d’art Décoratif et Industriel (Exposition of Decorative and Industrial Art) in Nancy that same year. In 1900 he moved to the region of Argentan in France where he remained until his death in 1936. He is known for his small sculptures, vases, candelabras lamps and more. His work included hallmarks of the Art Nouveau style, with the nude female figure lying among vine-like stylized botanic forms. The aged bronze finish of the base is a good counterpoint to the bright iridescent glass shade. She is shielding her eyes from the bright light.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Markings "C. BONNEFOND" cast signature at base of stem

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2013.0188