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This exceptional chryselephantine figural group depicts a male and female dancer each with outstretched arms and elaborate costumes in the manner of the Ballet Russe. The figures are finely cast in gilt and patinated bronze with cold painted highlights; the wonderfully expressive faces and hands finely carved from ivory. The group is raised on a portor marble base.
Originally chryselephantine referred to gold and ivory statuary as produced by the ancient Greeks. It came however to be used as a descriptive term for the luxurious combination of bronze and ivory employed by sculptors during the 1920's and 1930's, the ivory representing the exposed flesh and the bronze the clothing.
Edmond Laurent Etling founded the firm of Etling in 1909. His foundry produced very fine ornamental items including bronze, and bronze and ivory statues, ceramics and glass. He had a shop in Paris at 29 rue de Paradis where his most exclusive art objects were sold. Etling represented world-famous sculptors and artists like Dimitri Chiparus, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sévin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud- Rivière and Marcel Guillard. These artists were all leading members of the French Modern Art movement.
By creating a retail business outlet, Etling played a significant role in encouraging the artists to develop the style that later became known as Art Deco. Etling pieces are famous for their innovative design and quality and are highly sought after.
Catley, Bryan, Art Deco and Other Figures, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 1984, p. 293. Arwas, Victor, Art Deco, Academy Editions (London), 1980, p. 250.
|Height||52.00 cm||(20.47 inches)|
|Width||40.00 cm||(15.75 inches)|
|Depth||13.00 cm||(5.12 inches)|