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Ma fée verte

August 5, 2011 , ,

Art Nouveau Absinthe Pitcher

Absinthe pitcher La Fée Verte

My green fairy is not green. She is slender, elegant, has a black face and long golden tresses. She can be the loveliest young girl and the scariest demon. I swear, one time I was uploading a picture of her and all of a sudden she was all over my widescreen staring at me with creepy eyes. I freaked out. My heart stood still for a moment. She can do that.

She is an elf, both perfect and scary. In the Nordic mythology elves are creatures that live in the forests and consequently her robe is resembling wood yet she seems to float and move effortlessly.

She is a masterpiece that was brought alive by Firmin Marcelin Michelet (1875-1950). He was a celebrated sculptor who created several important statues. And he was a master of capturing the female face according to the beauty ideal of Art Nouveau – but in a such more intense way.

Buste by Michelet (source: Artfact)

There is not much known about Michelet’s absinthe pitcher. What I’ve found out is that he made a series of ten pitchers. Each of them is different and only a few exemplary of each exist. He marked his pitchers with MF (for Michelet Firmin) and the number of the model. I believe his series starts with a green pitcher that is quite vague in its shape and expression and from there he varies the subject creating ten individual models. My fée verte pitcher is a 10.

Fee verte pitcher

Picher de Firmin Marcelin Michelet

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