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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël

Birthwort vase

Henri Husson and Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard
Henri Husson (Grand, 1852 – Vétheuil, 1914) and Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard (1866-1937)
Circa 1909
Beaten copper with repoussé work, metal filings and silver appliqué work
52 cm

Born in Grand in the Vosges département in 1852, Henri Husson was the son of a locksmith. He initially learned his father’s trade, while taking drawing lessons in the evenings. For several years Husson worked as a wrought-iron craftsman and restorer for antique dealers.

In 1909, the caster and manufacturer Hébrard gave him a solo exhibition at his gallery in the rue Royale, which was very successful and enabled him to embark on a career as a self-employed goldsmith and engraver.
Husson lived in the countryside near Mantes in a large house surrounded by a garden. He drew his main source of inspiration from nature. He reproduced the plants from the fields and meadows and placed perfectly lifelike imitations of insects on them. Husson, was first and foremost a craftsman in metal and was only occasionally drawn to working with enamel and precious stones. He used mainly gold, silver and copper which he patinated, coated and encrusted with molten metal, drawing unexpected poetic effects from these contrasts between colours and materials.
Husson was an unusual artist who kept his distance from the fashions and artistic trends of his era. However he was very close to the Symbolist movement in the very personal manner in which he suggested that things had a subconscious existence. His naturalism and penchant for colouring, oxidizing and patinating metals would seem to be Japanese in inspiration.

The Russian-born collector Zoubaloff donated forty-two works by Husson to the Petit Palais in 1916 and 1922. Zoubaloff particularly admired Henri Husson, whom he compared to some of the greatest Renaissance goldsmiths. This donation means that the Petit Palais owns one of the largest public collections of works by Husson.

Donor, testator or seller: 
Gift of Zoubaloff, 1916
Inventory number: 
PPO01109
Inventory number : PPO01109
Room 1. The decorative arts in 1900
Section : Paris 1900
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