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A magnificent silver, gilt and enamel painted bronze figure of a beautiful revue dancer in a dramatic pose with elaborate costume, headdress and cape. Raised on a spectacular onyx and marble sunburst plinth, signed D.H.Chiparus and inscribed with Etling Foundry mark

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Bronze and Marble

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Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley

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Antinea – a History

Antinea, queen of the desert kingdom of Atlantis, was popularised in the 1919 novel, L’Atlantide by Pierre Benoit, and the subsequent silent film, which was released in October 1921. The film was wildly successful and ran for more than a year in theatres, only to be revived in 1928. Antinea was characterised as a seductive temptress, who lured men to her lair only to embalm them in gold after she had her way with them. Scantily clad and wearing an Egyptian style headdress, Chiparus effectively captured Antinea’s Oriental mystique.

Chiparus – The Master of Art Deco

Romanian by birth, Chiparus worked entirely in Paris, first exhibiting in the Salon of 1914. He is best known for his figures or exotic dancer made of carved ivory and highly worked bronze. The subjects of these chryselephantine works were taken from popular personalities of the day, from contemporary theatre characters and the Orientalist zeitgeist in Paris in the interwar years, as exemplified by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe.

Chiparus’s early figures, those on a relatively simple bases, were primarily cast by Etling, a Paris foundry the retailer of contemporary French decorative arts in the 1920s and 1930s. The later pieces were made by the Les Neveux de J Lehmann foundry which specialised in making the more elaborate marble and onyx plinths like the one on this figure Antinea.

The Ballets Russes

The Ballets Russes was a ballet company established in 1909 by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev and performed until his death in 1929. It created a sensation in Western Europe because of the great vitality of Russian ballet compared to French dance and penetrated every facet of entertainment. The great Paris music halls, the Folies Bergère, the Casino de Paris, the Moulin Rouge and others put on spectacular shows inspired by the Ballet Russes.

Chiparus attended the music halls and purchased all the magazines which illustrated the dancers. His wife and occasional models posed for him as he varied some of the photographed illustrations, never wasting a good attitude, this gave Chiparus an inexhaustible supply of material and influence from which he derived his most flamboyant, exotic and dramatic statues, frozen in spectacular attitudes, tall and sensuous. Chiparus’s repertoire symbolises a brief golden era and the sculptures that survived stand graceful, self-confident and proudly decorative.

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