LACMA Adds an Art Nouveau Oddity
|Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Portfolio Stand, about 1903|
LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design and Committee managed to hold its annual meeting by Zoom and acquire all eight of the objects offered. Descriptions are on the museum's Unframed blog.
The greatest historical rarity is a 1903 Portfolio Stand by Carel Adolph Lion Cachet (1864-1945), a proponent of Dutch Art Nouveau. Cachet liked lions so much he added Lion to his name and snarling felines to his furniture, ceramics, and wallpapers. About 1903 he produced an exuberantly weird Portfolio Stand to hold an album of photographic reproductions of work by Rembrandt. Shortly thereafter Lion Cachet made three related but different portfolio stands. The original, with Rembrandt's initials, was sold at Christie's in 2015. Two others are owned by the Rijksmuseum and the Wolfsonian, Miami Beach.