Dancer, France

Dancer, France

Dancer
Made at the Sèvres porcelain factory; modelled by Agathon Léonard (born 1841)
France, Sèvres
Designed 1898, dated 1904
Biscuit porcelain
Museum no. C.89A-1971

With its flowing curves, this Sèvres porcelain figure captures the spirit of Art Nouveau. It was inspired by the sensational scarf dance that the American Loïe Fuller performed in Paris in the 1890s. Like many earlier figures of biscuit (unglazed) porcelain, it is from a set of table decorations intended to accompany dessert.