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Attributed to Auguste-Adolphe LABOURET (1871-1964) Suite...

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Attributed to Auguste-Adolphe LABOURET (1871-1964) Suite of three rectangular stained glass windows mounted later as a four-leaf screen on a metal frame. Assembly on a lead network of white glass molded with hammered effect, white glass with godronné effect, white glass with triangle effect, opalescent glass, glass with dotted lines, glass with leaf patterns and plain tinted glass. Polychrome geometrical decoration representing Parisian monuments with the Seine: church of the Pantheon, church of the Madeleine, Notre-Dame cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and basilica of the Sacred Heart. Unique work of commission, circa 1930. Dimensions of each leaf : Height : 168 cm. Width : 77,5 cm. Depth : 3,5 cm. A few accidents, lateral thirds and fourth leaf of the screen reported. Provenance : Living room-library of the former apartment of Maurice CHEVALIER, boulevard de Courcelles in Paris. The stained glass windows of the "Art Deco" period appeared in homes after the First World War. Moving towards modernism, the starting point of the search for new ways, the artistic movement of the 1930s is expressed by a geometric repertoire combined with curved and elegant forms. At the time of the 1925 International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris, window frames and stained glass windows were usually made in a simple manner, sometimes being sandblasted or treated with acid for a frosted appearance. The workshops, accompanied by master glassmakers, developed a varied production with patterns or models of printed glass, sometimes unique to each. Among the master glassmakers of importance during the 1930s, Auguste-Adolphe Labouret occupies a singular place. Mastering several artistic fields, he began his career with drawing and painting, like Louis Barillet (1880-1948), another master glassmaker of the "Art Deco" period who also practiced sculpture. Born in Laon, Auguste-Adolphe Labouret studied at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris. At the beginning of his career, he opened in 1902 a mosaic workshop located at 42, rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris in the 6th arrondissement. Established in 1926 at 7, rue Boulard in the 14th arrondissement, a glass workshop was added to the first. Urbanism and industrialization inspired Labouret during the 1930s. The motifs drawn from the artist's immediate environment are found in his compositions, which are energized by a geometric structure, as he recalls in his writings: "The oblique and curved line expresses movement". These principles of image construction, translated into the arts of fire, are perfectly illustrated by our stained glass windows mounted as screens. The urban space, the smoke of a barge, the great classical buildings of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, a historically industrial monument by definition, make up this synthetic panorama of the capital. The composition is to bring closer to the mosaic creations of Labouret, including those made for the hall of the Central Post Office of Saint-Quentin. Moreover, the association of the various treatments of glass is found in his works created around 1930 for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cambrésis. Responding to the order of a private individual, our stained glass windows were initially intended to decorate the windows of the lounge-library of a Parisian residence. Located on the boulevard de Courcelles in Paris, before the singer Maurice Chevalier bought it in 1935, the apartment was later redecorated, and the stained glass windows were removed to serve as screens.

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