Art Deco silvered bronze female nude figure


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Art Deco silvered bronze female nude figure by Abel Rene Philippe

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Art Deco silvered bronze figure of a female nude holding a scarf. Titled Before the Bath. An excellent cast and with good definition, the bronze is  a very stylish Art Deco figure. It is signed in the cast A R Philippe – Abel Rene Philippe. It was made in France c 1925. It is in excellent condition. The figure was not designed to have a marble base. However it comes with a period, shaped marble base upon which the figure sits. The figure is shown page 258 Art Deco and other Figures by Bryan Catley


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  Height without base 26.5cm including the base 31 cm

Condition Excellent original condition

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