A French Art Nouveau gilt and partial silvered bronze "Cricket" vase decorated with two crickets perched on the handles amongst silvered poppies and leaf embellishment throughout the vase. The vase is signed, "M Paignant" and further signed, "Jollet & Cie Bronzes/Paris" Foundry Seal.
The Art Nouveau Period (1890-1914) is an international movement of architecture and the decorative arts at the turn of the 20th century. It is characterized by non-geometric plant and floral-inspired motifs, as well as highly-stylized, sinuous lines. It was a reaction to mass production and a return to handcraftsmanship and the human imagination. Designers in the movement include Charles Rennie Mackintosh, René Lalique, and Louis Comfort Tiffany,