Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925
Lot 111Y
Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) 'Alméria' a Rare and Iconic Cold-Painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925
Sold for £265,250 (US$ 445,377) inc. premium
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Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925 Demetre Chiparus  'Alméria' a Large and Impressive Cold-painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925
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Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947)
'Alméria' a Rare and Iconic Cold-Painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925
possibly modelled as Bronislava Nijinska in performance at the Ballet Russes, she balances on one leg in a dramatic pose, with the other raised to a kick, her back arched with arms outstretched behind her head, wearing a stylised head dress and matching cuffs, and a flamboyant dress with flame design, cut away at the midriff and split at the waist to allow for an elaborate flared skirt with further flame design to reverse, the bronze gilt, silvered and cold-painted in tones of crimson and steel blue, offered for sale with the original variegated marble display stand
63cm high, signed to base 'Chiparus', the seperate display stand 97cm high

Footnotes

  • Literature:

    Bryan Catley, 'Art Deco and other Figures', Antique Collectors' Club, 2003, pg. 100 for this exact example

    Alberto Shayo, 'Chiparus; Master of Art Deco', Abbeville Press, 1999, pg. 130-131

    Victor Arwas, 'Art Deco Sculpture', Academy Editions, 1992, pg. 36

    Provenance:

    Previously part of a private UK collection for more than thirty-five years
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