Art Deco figure of Nike Goddess of Victory

£1,295.00

Antiques Reference 2396

Art Deco figure of Nike Goddess of Victory

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Description

Art Deco figure of Nike- the Goddess personifying Victory. A semi naked winged Goddess with hands aloft holding lit torches personifying victory both in war and in peaceful competition. A very striking patinated spelter figure standing on tiptoes on a sphere. Marble base. The figure is unsigned but is very well detailed and cast. A very stylish Art Deco figure.

History

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

Condition . Excellent original condition with light wear

Dimensions Height approx. 42 cm

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