Demetre Chiparus Little Sad One Art Deco bronze figure


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Demetre Chiparus Little Sad One Art Deco bronze figure



Demetre Chiparus Little Sad One – a charming Art Deco patinated and cold painted bronze study of a beautiful young woman drying her eyes. Wearing a loose fitted dress edged in lace, this delightful figure shows the attention to detail and fine quality workmanship of the master sculptor Demetre Chiparus.

The figure stands on a faceted, shaped Brazilian portoro marble base and is signed D H Chiparus in the marble. Excellent original condition. A similar figure is shown page 82 and 245 in Chiparus Master of Art Deco by Alberto Shayo


Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947)
Born in Romania, Dimitri Chiparus emmigrated to Paris, where he studied under Antonin Mercier and Jean Boucher. He began to exhibit small sculptures, his very first showing at the Salon of the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1914 leading to an Honouable Mention. Louis Comfort Tiffany was also awarded an Honourable Mention that same year. Chiparus was an extremely prolific artist, producing a wide variety of mainly small-scale figures. These were executed generally either all in bronze or in bronze and ivory.

Some designs were executed in both media, and a few occasionally in more than one size. A few figures were executed in spelter and ivorene though the white metal was cold painted in the same way as bronze, while the ivorene, which was cast, was painted in bright colours. Most of his figures were edited by the firm of Edmond Etling, though he executed a number of models for the firm of Arthur Goldscheider. Both of course had their own bronze foundries. He exhibited a bronze edited by Goldscheider at the 1928 Salon, La Danseuse Ta-Keo.

His last recorded exhibit at the Salon was in 1939. Though his feminine figures and dancers made his reputation, he also produced a vast array of sculptures of children. He designed a number of colourful ceramic figures for Etling. Chiparus also executed a considerable number of religious figures. A few of his figures were edited by Editions Reveyrolis and some by Les Neveux de J Lehmann. Some of his bronzes were cast at the Marcel Guillemard foundry in Paris.

He was awarded a prize at the Salon des Beaux Arts, in which several chryselphantine (bronze and ivory) sculptors exhibited

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

Date c 1920

Dimensions Approximate height including base 30.5 cm

Condition Excellent original condition.

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