Bouraine Art Deco bronze figure Diana with Fawns


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Marcel Andre Bouraine Art Deco bronze Diana with Fawns



Dancer with Fawns – a silvered and patinated Art Deco bronze figure of a naked Diana holding a bow flanked by two leaping fawns. The figures stand on an angled, stepped bronze base. Superb movement and Art Deco style in this stunning sculpture. The base is signed Bouraine to the top of the base and Etling Paris to one side. This is the rarer small version and stands 31cm to the top of the bow. An iconic piece of Art Deco sculpture


Marcel – Andre Bouraine (1886-1948) Born in Pontoise, France, he was self-taught and also studied under Falguire in Paris. He was taken prisoner by the Germans during the 1914-1918 war and was interned in Switzerland where he produced several monuments. He also exhibited at all the main Paris salons including the Salon des Artistes Francaises and was a member of the Evolutions Group After the war he worked until 1935. Bouraine also produced designs for glass statues which were produced by Argy-Rousseau during the 1930. Best known for his chryselephantine figures he also made full bronzes and figural groups, many with a classical theme – like Diana the Huntress or his famous Amazonian Diana with shield and spear. Bouraine used a pseudonym which was Derenne and he may also have used Briand (Brian), as there is a definite connection between the two as can be seen in the hoop dancer by both artists, which appears to be identical. Marcel Bouraine was a lifelong friend of Max Le Verrier and Pierre Le Faguays who all studied together at the Beaux Arts in Geneva. Later the Le Verrier foundry was to produce many of the Bouraine statues for him. His works are included in many major Museum and private collections throughout the world.

Etling – The firm of Etling, founded by Edmond Laurent Etling, was based in Paris at 29, Rue de Paradis – retailing high quality exclusive decorative items during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Etling was one of the most active editors of sculpture, glass and ceramics in the inter-war years. Etling commissioned items in a range of materials – which were sold from the shop in Rue de Paradis.

​Under the artistic director, Mr Dreyfuss, the firm edited the majority of sculptures by Chiparus, Colinet and Descomps amonst others, as well as some models by a large number of sculptors including Bouraine and Le Faguays. Although Etling had its own foundry, the firm worked closely with the Paris firm of Les Neveux de J Lehmann, which cast a number of the more complex sculptures by Chiparus and others.

Etling closed in 1940 during WW2. Edmond Etling and his family were transported to a concentration camp where they died. The company’s entire output was in the Art Deco style of the interwar period. They are noted for innovative design and are highly desirable collectors items.

For more information on Bouraine please see the Artist page.

Date French c 1925

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height including the marble base 31 cm

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