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 marble base ROCHARD. Excellent original condition with a little light wear to the Patina. Base 45 x 16 and height including base 21 cm.

Irénée Rochard (French, 1906 – 1984)  Born in Villefranche sur Saône in 1906, his mother was a painter and his brother was the actor-singer Armand Mestral. Rochard chose the course of an artist’s life and turned to animalier sculpture in order, as he used to say “pay tribute to animals”. On leaving the École des Beaux-Arts at the age of 22, he won first prize for a life-size panther sculpture and many other prizes and awards followed throughout his career. In the 1920’s Rochard frequently met with other animal sculptors, including François Pompon and Edouard Sandoz.
Rochard not only sculpted in bronze  and spelter but also in ceramic,  wood, granite and marble and his pieces are highly sought after.