Art Deco bronze figure by Abel Rene Philippe Ecouter La Mer


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Art Deco bronze figure by Abel Rene Philippe Ecouter La Mer


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Ecouter la mer – Art Deco bronze figure of a kneeling female nude with a large Conch shell to her ear and listening to the Sea. Well cast and with excellent definition the bronze is patinated and is in excellent original condition. It is signed in the cast A R Philippe. And was made in France c 1925. An elegant and graceful figure


Abel Rene Philippe was born in 1898 in France and flourished in the first part of the twentieth century. He was a native of Lestiou, a town in the Loir et Cher department in the Loire Valley in France . Philippe worked primarily for LNJL (Lehman) and his works were featured in the firm’s catalogues. He is also well known for his work in ceramics.

He should not be confused with Paul Philippe.

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 1925

Size  Base 19 cm x 10 cm and height 27.5 cm

Condition Excellent original condition

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