Maurice Guiraud Riviere Dancer with Ball – Art Deco gilt bronze figure


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Maurice Guiraud Riviere Dancer with Ball – Art Deco gilt bronze figure

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Dancer with Ball – Art Deco gilt bronze figure by Maurice Guiraud Riviere. Finely detailed and a rare example of this highly sought after Sculptor’s work, the figure depicts a standing female nude wearing an Art Deco headdress and holding a ball in one hand with the other arm outstretched. Signed in the bronze and with a foundry mark for the  Patrouilleau foundry in France and on a marble base. An iconic Art deco sculpture


Born in Toulouse in 1881, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière (1881-1947) was an eminent French sculptor and designer of the Art Deco period whose worked primarily in bronze. The Nephew of the sculptor Théodore Rivière, he was a pupil of the National School of Fine Arts where he studied under the direction of Antonin Mercié, who was his uncle’s own master. He was trained in modern design techniques and methods by Antonin .

Upon completing his studies, he rapidly gained recognition in France as a leading visionary of the Art Deco period. He used an extensive range of media, typically working as a painter, draftsman, and sculptor. He exhibited at the Salon of French Artists from as early as 1907, at the Salon des Beaux Arts in 1911. Furthermore he was awarded an Honourable Mention in 1914. His work was part of the sculpture event in the art competition at the 1924 Summer Olympics Many of his figures were made up of bronze or the mixture of both bronze and ivory. In 1937 he exhibited a new series of sculptures and medallions at the International Exhibition in Paris to much acclaim.The majority of his works were published by the Parisian bronze foundry Etling who cast his works for over 30 years. Founded in 1909 Etling was very involved with the other leading sculptors of the Art Deco period and represented many of the leading sculptors of the time. Mostly his works were focused on women, sports, aviation or automotive, all subjects that typified the Art Deco period known for its passion for speed dynamism and the excitement the new machine era brought with it.

Date c 1924

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height 29.5 cm

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