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Details & Cataloguing

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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London

Georges Chauvel
1886-1962
FRENCH
LE BAIN DE CHAMPAGNE CARON (THE BATH OF CHAMPAGNE CARON)

Catalogue Note

This elegant marble shows a young woman dipping her toes into a bath of Champagne. Chauvel was asked to create this characteristically 1920s marble for the celebrated Parisian perfume house Caron as an advertisement for their sumptuous fragrance Bain de Champagne or The Bath of Champagne. First conceived in 1923, the perfume was said to have been custom-made for an American millionaire who, no longer able to take his regular baths of Champagne, required a substitute. Renamed Royal Bain de Caron, the fragrance is still made today by the same perfumers. The present nude, with her cropped hairstyle and trailing folds of drapery, conveys a sense of the fashionable decadence of the 1920s.

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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London