Witch Doctor

Alfred Daguet

11.6" h x 8.5" w

DAA025

C. 1925

Description

Inventory Number DAA025

Size 11.6" h x 8.5" w

Material Iron With Patinated Brass Repoussé

Period Art Deco

Country of Origin France

Year Made C. 1925

Condition excellent

This rectangular box features an image of a witch doctor with hands folded as if preparing to preform a ceremony, rendered in low relief in iron and colored. Alfred Daguet produced objects for Siegfried Bing, owner of the Paris emporium L’Art Nouveau. Repoussé, the technique in which a malleable metal is “pushed” with special tools from the reverse side to create a design, was employed to create the surface ornamentation. It was further refined by chasing, the process of sinking the metal from the front.

Publications:
Alfred Brocket is quoted in the book "The French Dinanderie" 1900-1950 Dominique and Marie Cecile Forest (page 159 editions of the amateur Paris 1995).

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