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‘The Actress’ Art Deco Bronze and Ivory by Demeter Chiparus - circa 1920.

An attractive early 20th Century Art Deco  cold painted gilt and enameled bronze figure of a Ballets Russes dancer in a stylised pose holding the hem of her skirt, raised on a shaped marble base, signed Chiparus.

Chiparus – The Master of Art Deco

Romanian by birth, Chiparus worked entirely in Paris, first exhibiting in the Salon of 1914. He is best known for his figures or exotic dancer made of carved ivory and highly worked bronze. The subjects of these chryselephantine works were taken from popular personalities of the day, from contemporary theatre characters and the Orientalist zeitgeist in Paris in the interwar years, as exemplified by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe.

Chiparus’s early figures, those on a relatively simple bases, were primarily cast by Etling, a Paris foundry the retailer of contemporary French decorative arts in the 1920s and 1930s. The later pieces were made by the Les Neveux de J Lehmann foundry which specialised in making the more elaborate marble and onyx plinths.

Defra Certificate No: 5MZTP57R.

This object incorporates old ivory and has been registered with Defra

Dimensions

29.5 cm High


Condition report

Excellent Original Condition

Stock number

8666
Open by appointment and at fairs

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