D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925
Lot 3168Y
Demetre H. Chiparus (Roumanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara
Sold for US$ 98,500 inc. premium
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D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925 D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925 D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925 D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925 D.H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886 - 1947) Clara, circa 1925
Lot Details
Property of various owners
Demetre H. Chiparus (Roumanian, 1886 - 1947)
Clara
cold painted, parcel gilt and silvered bronze and carved ivory, on onyx base
signed Chiparus in the onyx
together with a champlevé enamel and bronze mounted double column pedestal
height of sculpture 21 1/2in (54.6cm); length 28 1/2in (72.5cm); depth 7 1/2in (19cm); height of pedestal 42in (107cm).

Footnotes

  • Clara, one of the finest examples of Art Deco sculpture ever produced, epitomizes the work of Demetre H. Chiparus. Roumanian by birth, Chiparus arrived in France in 1912, and by 1914 he exhibited his first work at the Paris Salon. He was fascinated with the modern women of the performing arts and inspired by the exotic orientalism of the Ballet Russes and the music and theater of the day. Although Clara is not known to embody a specific character, the work posseses great theatricality, grace, costume design and workmanship. As noted by Alberto Shayo, author and leading authority on the artist, only four examples of this piece are known.

    Literature:
    Alberto Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, Abbeville, 1999, p. 115, pl. 47.
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