Archer and Deer Vase, Marcel Goupy. Paris, 1925-28 ca.


Glass vase with yellow-orange marble colouring, entirely decorated with polychrome enamels. The decoration consists of three ornaments, depicting an archer intent on shooting an arrow and deer in a natural landscape, and a decoration enriched with cast gold inserts. Signed ‘M. Goupy’ in enamel below the base.

Dimensions: 16 x 16 cm.



Historical Stylistic Analysis:

Marcel Goupy (France, 1886-1954), initially trained as an architect at the École des Arts décoratifs in Paris, was a painter, ceramist, glass and crystal decorator and designer. In 1909 he came into contact with Georges Rouard, for whom he also began to draw, and in 1914 he produced his first enamel works on glass, which were very successful and popular. He exhibited for several years at the Salon d’Automne and participated in all the major events of his time, including the Exposition Internationale des Arts Dècoratifs in Paris in 1925 (from which the term ‘Art Dèco’ was coined), where he was also one of the jury members for the glass section. Throughout his life Marcel Goupy remained associated with the Rouard Gallery, permanently exhibiting his works and becoming the art director after Georges Rouard’s death in 1929.
His production included many stylised plants and flowers, but he also painted animals and people (as in the case of the vase described here), all using the enamel technique.

Mobilier et Décoration, “Revue Française des Arts Décoratifs Appliqués”, N°1 de 1927, p. 21.

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