A rare Art Deco 'Le Venus Noire "Josephine Baker"' mascot by A.Renevey, French, circa 1926,
Lot 52
A rare Art Deco 'Le Venus Noire "Josephine Baker"' mascot by A.Renevey, French, circa 1926,
£ 5,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,400 - 7,700

Goodwood Revival

8 Sep 2018, 11:00 BST

Chichester, Goodwood

Lot Details
A rare Art Deco 'Le Venus Noire "Josephine Baker"' mascot by A.Renevey, French, circa 1926,
signed to base, polychrome bronze with gilt detailing, depicting a female dancer of African heritage in feather skirt with necklace, bangles and ankle bracelets, 17cm high, mounted on a turned wooden display base.

Footnotes

  • It is a popular belief that this mascot depicts the St.Louis born African American dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker (1906-1975), who, after relocating to Paris in 1925, was famed for her erotic performances at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and at the Folies Bergere, most notably a particular performance known as the 'Danse Sauvage' during which the scantily-clad Baker wore a skirt made of a string of artificial bananas, more commonly referred to as 'The Banana Dance, causing a sensation at the time in Parisian society.
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