Sotheby's would like to thank Joan Kahr for her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
Throughout his career, the preeminent artist-blacksmith, Edgar Brandt often collaborated with ceramists and glass makers. He particularly favored working with Daum Frères, a glass company in Nancy. In this rare firescreen, one of only four known examples, one sees the perfect harmonization of wrought iron and glass. Fourteen acid-etched roundels, in four patterns, are interspersed with meandering leaves and berries. Two of the four patterns are similar to those metal images that are found in Brandt’s most famous work, the large five-panneled screen, L’Oasis. Further enhancing the attention to detail applied to the work, the grooves in the acid-etched glass have a powdered gold and brown tint that blends with the gold tinged vines. The firescreen's construction epitomizes Brandt’s technical finesse. Each circular glass roundel sits in its own iron receptacle, which attaches to the back of each scalloped iron flower visible in the front. At the very top of the screen sits the Egyptian fan motif, the crown of so many iconic Brandt fire screens such as Le Danseur and Le Nid. This screen is in excellent condition for a work made approximately ninety-one years ago.
Joan Kahr is author of Edgar Brandt: Master of Art Deco Ironwork, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1999, and Edgar Brandt: Art Deco Ironwork, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, New York, 2010.