A wonderful early 20th Century Art Deco gilt bronze and hand carved ivory figure of a seated semi naked dancer in long ruffled skirt with excellent surface detail, raised on a marble base and signed Th Somme to rear.
Height: 18 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze & Onyx
Theophile Somme (French, 1871 ~ 1952) Somme was born in Nancy in 1871 and became a sculptor. He exhibited many of his works in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Francais, where he was a member from 1899. In 1902 he was awarded a commendation and in 1924 he won a silver medal. In 1925 he won a gold medal followed by another gold at the Exposition Internationale of 1937, where he was awarded the hors concours. Many of his works were produced in bronze and the combination of bronze and ivory.
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.