Art Deco spelter figure of a lion

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Art Deco spelter figure of a lion


Antique Reference 2100

Art Deco spelter figure of a Lion



Art Deco spelter figure of a standing lion by Irenee Rochard. French c 1930. Signed in the elegant marble base ROCHARD. Excellent original condition with a little light wear to the Patina. A handsome piece that would enhance many contemporary interiors.


Irénée Rochard (1906-1984) was a French decorative sculptor best known for his Art Nouveau style depictions of animals. Most often working in bronze, he also created several figurines in marble, ceramic, wood and granite. Rochard was fascinated by animals and dedicated his life to their study, turning to animalier sculpture, as he used to say “to pay tribute to animals”.

Born into an artistic family in Villefranche sur Saône, his mother was a painter and brother was the actor/singer Armand Mestral. He went on to study at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris where he met fellow sculptors of animals François Pompon and Edouard Marcel Sandoz. On leaving the École des Beaux-Arts at the age of 22, he won first prize for a life-size panther sculpture and many awards followed throughout his career.  In 1938, he became a member of the Society of French Artists after the success of winning a gold medal at the Colonial Exhibition in 1931. A number of his works were purchased by the Paris City Council and the city of New York. Rochard died in 1984 in Paris.

His pieces are enjoyed by collectors all over the world.

Date c 1930

Condition Excellent original condition with a little light wear to the patina

Dimensions Approximate Base 45 x 16 and height including base 21 cm.

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