Amadee Gennarelli Art Deco bronze figure ‘Messenger of Love’


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Amadee Gennarelli Art Deco bronze figure ‘Messenger of Love’



Amadee Gennarelli Art Deco bronze figure ‘Messenger of Love’. A patinated bronze figure of a seated female nude holding a bird aloft on one hand. Signed in the bronze A Gennarelli and seated on a shaped marble column. This very stylish, art deco figure is the epitome of Art Deco from one of the most sought after sculptors of this period. Very finely cast and in excellent original condition with only light wear to the patina.


Amadee Generalli Sculptor 1881-1943

Born in Naples in 1881. He did not go to an Art School but studied under Francesco Lerace in Naples. He moved to France and made his debut with his first exhibition in the Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1913.

He produced many bronzes and terracottas some of which were retailed through Alfred Dunhill 15 Rue de la Paix Paris. Dunhill also had branches in London and New York. Many of Genneralli’s terracottas were made using the lost wax method and limited to only 10 copies of each. He generated a large volume of outdoor statuary in Marble – including funerary monuments- as well as figures and groups in bronze and bronze and ivory all executed in his vibrant Art Deco style. Variation to his works was provided by a range of patinated finishes he applied to his works including verdigris, silver and gold.

His work is highly collectible today and admired for the quality of workmanship

Art Deco was named after the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. It was the  successor to and a reaction against art nouveau. Seen in furniture, pottery, textiles, jewellery, and glass it was also a notable style of cinema and hotel architecture.

Its chief difference from art nouveau is the influence of cubism which gives art deco design generally a more fragmented, geometric character. However, imagery based on plant forms, and sinuous curves remained in some art deco design, for example that of Clarice Cliff. Art deco also varied in its influences, taking inspiration from ancient Egyptian art, Aztec and other ancient Central American art. It also drew on the modern architecture and design of the Bauhaus, and of architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van de Rohe.

Date French c 1930

Size  Approx height including base 36cm

Condition Excellent original condition with only a little light wear to the patina

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