Canine Attack

Alfred Daguet

3.5” H x 5.5” W x 5.5” D


c. 1895


Inventory Number M0106

Size 3.5” H x 5.5” W x 5.5” D

Material Iron with Patinated Brass Repoussé and Glass Cabochons

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1895

Canine meets chimera: havoc ensues. Or so goes the tale told by this dramatic metal box, set with glowing cabochons. The creature under attack, a monster worthy of a blood-chilling nightmare, sports the modified head of a Gorgon, the hind end of a pig, and the webbed feet of an amphibian. While the scene clearly represents a struggle, it resists further interpretation. In technique, the box and its ornamentation are linked to medieval boxes, book covers, and reliquaries.

Marks: Embossed artist's name at top right corner.

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