Artemis and Friends

André Metthey

12.5" H x 36.375" W

C0384

c. 1925

Description

Inventory Number C0384

Size 12.5" H x 36.375" W

Material earthenware

Period Art Deco

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1925

The central figures in this scene, an idealized nude female and a stag, may be Artemis and her sacred deer. Artemis was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, fertility and the hunt. Metthey depicts the frolicking figures against a heavenly background of turquoise and gold. Scenes of social and sexual abandon, under the guise of familiar mythological episodes, were internationally popular during the Jazz Age (between World War I and the Great Depression). This large tile would have set the tone in a luxurious boudoir or bath.

Marks: Three identical artist's ciphers in wax [reverse].

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