A striking early 20th Century French Art Deco hand carved ivory and gilt bronze figure of a beautiful dancer in lavish Eastern costume with intricate detail and rich colour. Raised on a cream onyx plinth and signed L.Sosson.
Height: 26 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze, Ivory & Onyx
Salome (c. AD 14 – between 62 and 71) was the Daughter of Herod II and Herodias. According to Flavius Josephus’s Jewish Antiquities, Salome was first married to Philip the Tetrarch of Ituraea and Trakonitis. After Philip’s death in 34 AD she married Aristobulus of Chalcis and became queen of Chalcis and Armenia Minor. They had three children.
Salome is often identified with the dancing woman from the New Testament depicting her as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness, notably in regard to the dance iconized as the Dance of the Seven Veils. A similar motif was struck by Oscar Wilde in his Salome, in which she plays the role of femme fatale.
Louis Sosson, (French, Early 20th Century – active 1905 ~ 1930) Louis Sosson was a sculptor and accomplished ivory carver, who at one time worked for Edmond Etling, they include several children, some female nudes, dancers, a woman skier with her skis on her back, and some Dutch children in costume. In 1909, Edmond Laurent Etling opened a shop in Paris on the ‘Rue de Paradis nr. 29. In this shop one could buy the most exclusive art objects of that time, mainly made of bronze, ivory, ceramics or glass. Etling represented world famous sculptors and artists like Dimitri Chiparus, Louis Sosson, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sevin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière and Marcel Guillard. These artisans were all leading members of the French modern art of that time and by creating ideal circumstances for them, Etling played a significant role in the style, which later became known as Art Deco.
The Art Deco Period
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.
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