28 November 2008
Dancer base engraved "D. Chiparus"
Cold-painted, parcel-gilt and silver bronze with patina, carved and tinted ivory on onyx base, 56 by 21 by 8 cm.
Provenance: Okroyan collection, UK.
Literature: Victor Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture: Chryselephantine Statuettes of the Twenties and Thirties, Academy Edition, London, 1975, p. 21 illustrated.
A. Shayo, Chiparus: Master of Art Deco, Abbeville Press Inc., USA, 1993, p.111 illustrated.
Art Deco Sculpture: From Root to Flourishing, vol 1, Russian House Art Deco, 2008, p.132-133 illustrated.
Related literature: For a version of this work see B. Catley, Art Deco and Other Figures, Antique Collectors' Club, 2003, p. 73.
The son of prosperous Romanians, Chiparus emigrated in 1912 to Paris where he studied at the Paris Academy of Fine Arts and took lessons from Antoine Mercier and Jean Boucher. From the 1920s his style had developed, distinguished by a high level of ornamentation and flamboyance. Henceforward his creative work was devoted primarily to figures of dancers and beautiful women of his time.
Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.