Art Deco bronze figure of a Sword Dancer by Fernand Ouillon- Carrère


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Art Deco bronze figure of a Sword Dancer by Fernand Ouillon- Carrère


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A beautiful Art Deco gilt bronze figure of a very striking female nude with arms outstretched standing atop a base decorated with three swords or lances – Danceuse aux Lances or Sword Dancer.This finely detailed, hand finished figure is signed in the bronze and dated 1919. It stands on top of the original veined marble base. This delightful figure is in excellent original condition and would enhance any room or collection


Fernand Ouillon- Carrère (French, early 20th C) created many small figural statuettes and figurines in the Art Deco era around 1910-1939 that were highly characteristic of the period. The depicted the concept of modern life – in particular, that of the modern woman in rhythmic, sensual and aerodynamic poses taken from the new forms of dance, for which there was a lot of enthusiasm at that time. His most famous and commercially successful work was the ‘Danseuse aux Lances’ or ‘Spear Dancer’ and this model was cast in three different sizes. He also exhibited this figure at the 1919 Paris Salon. A similar figure is shown in Art Deco and other Figures by Bryan Catley.

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 c 1919

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height 37 cm

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