A pair of Art Deco Peacock bookends

£295.00

Antiques Reference 2523

 

Description

Description

A pair of very stylish cold painted spelter bookends showing peacocks on a marble base. French c 1935. Unsigned. Some light wear to the cold painting but otherwise in excellent original condition

History

Art Deco was named after the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. It was the  successor to and a reaction against art nouveau. Seen in furniture, pottery, textiles, jewellery, and glass it was also a notable style of cinema and hotel architecture.

Its chief difference from art nouveau is the influence of cubism which gives art deco design generally a more fragmented, geometric character. However, imagery based on plant forms, and sinuous curves remained in some art deco design, for example that of Clarice Cliff. Art deco also varied in its influences, taking inspiration from ancient Egyptian art, Aztec and other ancient Central American art. It also drew on the modern architecture and design of the Bauhaus, and of architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van de Rohe.

Date French c 1935

Size including base 13 cm long 15 cm tall and 7cm wide

Condition Some light wear to the cold painting but otherwise in excellent original condition

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