A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze sculpture "Maguerite" by, Agathon Léonard of Margeruite placing a flower in her hair. The sculpture is signed, "A. Leonard" and further signed with the "Siot Decauville Paris" foundry seal.
Agathon Léonard Le geste Art Nouveau" by, Ingelore Böstge and Emmanuelle Héran ©2003 pg.42
An important French Art Nouveau sculptor who was Belgium by birth, Léonard moved to Paris when he was quite young and studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris under Eugène Delaplanche. He became a member of the Société des Artistes Français in 1887 and a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1897. He regularly exhibited across France, and was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1900. Some of his best-known works are studies of dancers, such as La Cothurne (Tragic Pose from Le Jeu d'escharpe), modeled in 1895 and cast in 1900. The Play of the Scarf, executed in a characteristic fin-de-siècle manner and rendered in gilt, showed a dancer in a flowing gown with a billowing scarf held above her head. This piece was produced in 1897, was inspired by the renowned dancer, Lois Fuller and was displayed as a table centerpiece at the 1900 World's Fair at the Pavillon de Sèvres in Paris.