Art Deco bronze Fan Dancer – Molins

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Art Deco bronze Fan Dancer – Molins


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French Art Deco Fan Dancer – Molins


French art deco gilt bronze figure of a semi naked beauty holding a fan. Standing in a stylish pose on one leg she holds a fan behind her head. Her costume is highlighted in silver and is finely detailed. The beautiful modelled figure shows exceptional hand finished detail.  Standing on a Brazilian portoro marble base the figure is signed Molins in the bronze – Enrique Henri Molins Balleste

A stunning Art Deco figure


Enrique Henri Molins-Balleste 1893 – 1958
Enrique Molins-Balleste was born in Barcelona and later moved to Paris. Molins and Balleste are one and the same artist and he would use either Molins or Balleste to sign his pieces, sometimes signing them BAL. Some same figures are signed Molins whilst the other is signed Balleste. He also used the pseudonym – Gual (his wifes name Gual-Cuberes. Famous for his theatrical and genre groups and figural lighting. Worked in different mediums – shelter, Bronze, Bronze and Ivory, ceramics and wood.

Art Deco (1920-1930s) is a style of decorative arts which first emerged in France, characterised by its geometric style. Art Deco was the successor to Art Nouveau, and a key differentiator is the influence of cubism associated with iconic artists like Pablo Picasso. Deco influenced architectural design, such as the Chrysler Building in New York, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars and even domestic objects such as vacuum cleaners. René Jules Lalique is considered one of the key influencers of the art deco movement. After a successful career making jewellery in the art nouveau style, he started to make press-moulded, glass vases in his factory in the Alsace region of France.

Date – c 1925

Condition  Excellent original condition

Dimensions 53 cm including the base

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