Pierre Le Faguays; Sculptor

Pierre Le Faguays was born in Nantes, France and became famous for the originality he gave his dancers, many of which were inspired by the statues of Tanagra. He gained a medal of honour for his work in 1927. He was a best friend of Max Le Verrier and the Le Verrier foundry produced many of his pieces. He used 2 pseudonyms as well as his own name and they were Fayral and Guerbe which were the family names of his Mother and his Wife. He was a leading sculptor and his work is frequently praised for its high quality and attention to anatomical accuracy. He also produced designs for Goldscheider in Paris under the “La Stele” label. He worked in several mediums including ivory, bronze, spelter, stone, wood, alabaster and ceramics. He studied with his friend Max Le Verrier. He was a good friend of both Marcel Bouraine and Max Le Verrier and indeed the Le Verrier foundry produced many of the Le Faguays statues. All three had studied together at the Beaux Arts in Geneva and remained life-long friends.

La Societe Anonyme Edmond Etling was founded after the First World War in Paris. Etling was a retailer who commissioned art works in bronze, ceramics, and glass (mostly from French artists). Amongst the most famous designers of glass for Etling were Lucille Sevin and Genevieve Granger. The glass pieces were usually made for Etling at the Choisy-le-Roi glassworks close to Paris. M. Etling commissioned cameo glass and sold it as ‘Richard’ cameo glass in Paris in the 1920’s. It was produced in mainly floral and landscape designs for bowls and vases. Etling supported, ETALEUNE, an “atelier” that recruited promising artists to design art glass which it then produced and marketed. Their entire ouput was produced during the Art Deco period as the company did not survive the second world war.