Art Deco bronze ‘Charmeuse de Serpents’ by Theo Somme

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Art Deco bronze ‘Charmeuse de Serpents’ by Theo Somme


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Art Deco bronze ‘Charmeuse de Serpents’ by Theo Somme



Art deco bronze figure Charmeuse de Serpents. A superb and rare figure of a semi naked beauty holding a flute in one hand and a snake wrapped around her arm whilst another snake is emerging in front. Patinated in gold and silver and seated on top of a brown patinated bronze ‘rock’. The beautiful art deco base is black marble enhanced with shaped green onyx at each front corner. It is signed Theo Somme in the bronze and there is a title plate to the fore ‘Charmeuse de Serpents’. Excellent original condition and a stunning Art Deco piece.


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 serpent—representative of good and evil, poison and medicine, death and rebirth—has found powerful symbolic meaning dating back to ancient times. Both revered and feared by numerous cultures and religions for their mysterious duality, the snake has long been established as a poignant motif in the decorative arts and Art Deco in particular.

Date French c 1925

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height including the marble base 35 cm width 33 cm depth 17 cm

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