Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, Algiers 1865–1953 Le Vésinet)
French, Golfe Juan
Diameter: 19 in. (48.3 cm)
Purchase, The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, and Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, Gifts of Charlotte C. Weber, George Coe Graves, Bernard M. Baruch, and Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, 2002
Not on view
It has been suggested that the female figure on this large plate depicts Loie Fuller, the celebrated American dancer who achieved fame in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. The low-relief modeling of the figure and the shimmering iridescence of the luster glaze effectively suggest Fuller's well-known "Fire Dance", in which swirling drapery and colored lights were the only props.
[ Macklowe Gallery , New York, until 2002; sold to MMA ]