An extremely fine early 20th Century Art Deco gilt bronze and ivory figure of a beautiful ballerina standing in a coy pose 'en pointe' wearing a frilly tutu with excellent colour and very fine hand carved detail, raised on a portoro marble base, inscribed with foundry and signed Philippe
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Height: 21 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Gilt Bronze, Ivory & Marble
Book Ref: Art Deco & Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Paul Philippe (Polish, 1870 ~ 1930) Born in Thorn in Poland, He became a pupil of Antonin Larroux when he moved to Paris. He exhibited with success at all the French salons. Philippe worked in both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles; working in bronze, bronze and ivory and pure ivory his figures are sought after worldwide by collectors. Amongst his most recognised works are Le Reveil – the Awakening, Russian Dancer and ‘Radha’
The Art Deco Period: although Art Deco derives its name from the great 1925 Paris Exhibition, ‘L’Exposition Internatlionale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, the term is now generally applied to the typical artistic productions of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It might best be characterised as an attempt to unite arts with industry, embracing the machine age and repudiating the old antithesis of ‘Fine’ and ‘Industrial’ art. The sources of the Art Deco movement include Egyptian and Mayan Art, Cubisim, Fauvism and Expressionism, heavily influencing the chief force underlying all Art Deco with the emphasis upon geometric patterns.