Monday 4 February 2013

Dancing Girl

Demetre Chiparus (1888-1947), born in Romania, studied in Italy and travelled to Paris in 1912 attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he was taught by Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher. He worked with a process called chryselephantine (a combination of bronze and ivory) and the majority of his renowned works were made between 1914 and 1933. His Art Deco flavour sculptures have been said to be remarkable for their bright and outstanding decorative effect. Subjects included French theatre, dancers from the Russian Ballet and after the tomb of Tutankhamen was excavated took on an Egyptian influence. Chiparus also designed the stylised and often ornate bases for the figures in onyx or marble. Most of his sculptures were cast at Lehmann or Etling foundries.

We are offering for sale on Wednesday 6th March this figure by Demetre Chiparus

Chain Dancer circa 1925

cold-painted, gilt-bronze and ivory, on onyx plinth, 30.5cm high
Signed Chiparus on the plinth and impressed 94 to bronze skirt
Reference: Alberto Shayo, Chiparus, Master of Art Deco, New York, 1993, p. 102 (design illustrated)

This lot is estimated at £3,000 - £5,000.

Viewing for the sale is on Saturday 2nd March 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 5th March 2pm - 6pm or the morning of the sale from 9am.

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