Marcel-André Bouraine

French Art Deco

Bronze Sculpture of a

Semi-Nude Woman

Circa 1920’s

Dimensions

14.5 in.H x 14 in.W x 7.75 in.D         37 cm H x 36 cm W x 20 cm D

 An outstanding Art Deco bronze sculpture of a seated semi-nude woman by Marcel-André Bouraine (French, 1886-1948)

 

Price: $6,500


French Art Deco

Charles Raphaël Peyre

Silvered Bronze Sculptural Group

Circa 1925

Dimensions:

Height: 13 inches       Width: 26 inches       Depth: 6.5 inches       Weight: 51 pounds *

Art Deco silvered bronze sculptural group with 2 female putti figures reclining together in an embrace, surrounded by flowers and filigree. Sculpture has a beautiful silver finish, and rests on the original rouge marble base. Signed on the right front “Raphael Peyre”; and foundry mark “B.L. Paris” with “Cire Perdue” (lost wax) in an oval cartouche in the back of the sculpture.

Charles Raphaël Peyre (French, 1872 – 1949),

This impressivesculptural group was carved by the fashionable French sculptor Charles Raphaël Peyre, who trained under Alexandre Falguière and Antonin Mercié, two of the leading sculptors of the 19th century. Peyre exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon, of which he was a member from 1900, winning numerous awards (Bénézit, op. cit., vol. 10, p. 828). The dazzling combination of rouge marble and silvered bronze in the present group, reflect the taste for polychrome sculpture at the time Peyre was working, and recall aspects of the Art Nouveau movement.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintures sculptures dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays par un group d'écrivains spécialistes français et étrangers, Paris, 1999.

*The piece is very heavy, crating recommended for shipment.

$7,500


Swedish Art Deco

- Scarred by a Mouse -

Bronze Sculpture by

Carin Nilsson

Ca. 1933

                Made with great artistic skill in the unmistakably North European Art Deco esthetics, and exhibiting excellent casting quality, this very elegant sculpture also draws attention of the viewer to the originality and absolute none-triviality and humor of the composition - a splendid nude young woman froze in complete immobility, frightened to death by the little mouse in front of her on the floor, also frozen startled. Signed by the artist on the base, and dated 1933.

Measurements:

Height: 10 3/4 inches            Width: 5 inches            Depth: 3 7/8 inches

                         Carin Johanna Nilsson (Swedish, 1884 - 1973) was a famous Swedish sculptor and visual artist. Born on September 13, 1884 in Styra, Östergötland, she was the daughter of the inspector Sigfrid Nilson and Hanna Seidlitz. Nilson studied in New York in 1922-1923; and in 1925-1927 at the Gottfrid Larsson's art school, as well as an extra student at the Art Academy in Stockholm. In 1928-1930, she was a student at the Académie Colarossi and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, where her teachers were Charles Despiau, Henry Arnold and Antoine Bourdelle. During the studie, the artist made extensive trips to the Netherlands, England and Belgium. Karin Nilsson participated in group exhibitions with Östgöta Art Association, the Swedish Public Art Association and the Association of Swedish Konstnärinnor. Her public works include the famous Berga figure at the Normlösa church and chapel at the Uppsala hospital. She was awarded with Östgöta Art Association scholarship in 1928. Karin Nilsson's art consists of a wide variety of works - fountains, birdbaths, busts, athletes, religious figures and stressed decorative reliefs and frescoes. Among the portraits, there are of Alice Trolle at Children's Hospital in Linköping, Nathan Söderblom's in Vaksala and Haile Selassie's in Addis Ababa. Nilsson's works are represented in Sweden at the National Museum and the New Museum (featuring a self-portrait in marble), as well as at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, USA. Carin Johanna Nilson died in Stockholm, in 1973.

 

$2,200


Italian Art Deco

- Orientale -

Carved Wood Sculpture by

F. Falcone

Ca. 1925

Dimensions:

Height: 22 1/2 inches            Width: 11 inches

                This remarkable carved and dark-patinated wood sculpture, depicting a head of an Oriental man, wearing a turban is an absolutely unique piece of art that attracts an immediate attention of a viewer by its large scale, unusual composition, expressive face of the model and an original foreshortening turn of the head. On the sides of the base, it is signed "F. Flacone" and dated "1925", and "Orientale 1800". On the bottom of the base, there is a carved out inscription "Chiavari" (Chiavari is a small town in the Province of Genoa, Italy. It has about 28,000 inhabitants. It is situated near the Entella River.

$4,500


American Art Deco

- Child Feeding a Squirel -

Bronze Sculptureby

Rudolph Henn

Ca. 1920's

                This desk-size sculpture of a naked child feeding a squirrel, was created by the sculptor mostly known for his depictions of children, Rudolph Henn.  In this small sculpture, the artist uses an unusual idea of combining typical Art Deco forms with the bright green patina that gives the work an element of ancient mysticism...

Dimensions:

Height: 5 inches            Width: 2 inches            Depth: 2 inches

                Rudolph Henn (German/American 1880-1955)

                Rudolph Henn  was born in Olsbrücken, Germany. In 1901. Henn studied figural sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, counting Syrius Eberle and Heinrich Waderé among many other famous classmates. In 1907, he worked as a model maker for an ethnographic expedition to the Dutch East Indies. In 1908. after his studies he was freelancing in Munich until 191, when he was drafted as a soldier. After the World War I, Henn moved his workshop to Kaiserslautern and, after his marriage, two of his daughters were born. In 1929, during the Great Depression, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. Since 1936, Henn was actively involved in the artistic design of the Harlem River Houses residential complex that was developed under the Treasury Relief Art Project. There, he collaborated with Heinz Warnecke with Theodore Barbarossa, Erwin Springweiler and Richmond Barthé. In addition to large-scale monuments in public spaces, Henn continued to create a smaller-scale bronze pieces. Many of his bronze works are of children, including fountain sculptures.

 

$750


American Art Deco

Female Nude

Bronze Sculpture/Paperweight by

Opus Cellini Bronze Works

Ca. 1930

MEASUREMENTS:

Height (with base): 3 3/4 inches     Base thickness: 3/4 inches       Base length: 8 1/4 inches     Base width: 3 15/16 inches

                 This remarkable Art Deco desk-size gild & dark-patinated bronze and marble sculpture/paperweight depicts a comfortably resting beautiful nude female. It is made around 1930 by the famous American founder, Opus Cellini Bronze Works, still active in New York. Many of Cellini works can be found in the collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum. The bronze is marked: "Opus-Cellini", the black marble base is original.

$1,400


american Art Deco

- Nude Female Figure -

Hand Carved Wooden Sculpture by

Simon Moselsio

Ca. 1919

            An early American Art Deco nude female figure with a superb modeling, very highly detailed and a reddish-brown patina over a beautifully hand carved body. Signed and dated 1919 on the base.

Dimensions:

Total Height: 12 inches            Base Diameter: 2 3/4 inches

                Simon Moselsio (Russian/American, 1890 -1963)

                Moselsio was a regular exhibitor at the Whitney Museum in 1934, 35, 39 and from then on yearly - 1940 to 1950. He also had a one-man exhibitiom at the Brooklyn Museum as well as at many other galleries, including: The Wehe Gallery, Chicago Art Institute, Fleming Museum of Art, The Salons of America 1925 and 1926, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Worcester Museum of Art and many others. Several of his works in different medium are in permanent collections of Bennington Museum (Fine Art Gallery) in Bennington, Vermont and at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.

 

$2,000


American Art Deco

Mother & Child

Bronze Sculpture by

Robert Aitken

Ca. 1920's

The nurturing young mother depicted in the nude, resting on the ground and cradling her infant.

The sculpture is signed by the artist on the plinth of a stepped square base.

 Domensions:

Height: 3 inches          Base: 23/16 x 2 3/16 inches

                Robert Ingersoll Aitken (1878 - 1949)

                A noted American sculptor, Robert Ingersoll Aitken was born in San Francisco and was active/lived in California, New YorkCity and France. He is very well known for classical figure and portrait sculpture. He spent most of his career teaching at the National Academy of Design in New York City. He has done numerous portraits, full size and bust, of well known figures, and his work is in many collections and museums including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Aitken studied there at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art [also called the California School of Design - now the San Francisco Art Institute] with Douglas Tilden. From 1901 until 1904 he was an instructor at the Institute. In 1904 he moved to Paris where he continued his studies. He returned to New York City after his sojourn in Paris and was employed as an instructor at the Art Students League. His works include the Science fountain and Great Rivers statues at the Missouri State Capitol, the "Iron Mike" statue at Parris Island, South Carolina, several military sculptures at West Point, the Temple of Music and the Dewey Monument in San Francisco, California, and sculptural works for the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Aitken also produced the "Fountain of Earth" for San Francisco's Panama Pacific Exposition. Perhaps his most famous work is the West Pediment of the United States Supreme Court building, which bears the inscription "Equal Justice Under Law". The sculpture, above the entrance to the Supreme Court Building, is of nine figures—Lady Liberty surrounded by figures representing Order, Authority, Council, and Research. These allegorical figures were in fact sculptures of real people who had a role in the creation of the building. Aitken himself is depicted in the pediment, seated to the proper left of Liberty with Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes. Many of his works were carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, including the pieces for the National Archives Building. Aitken created a stir when he criticized the display and placement of the Venus de Milo. Aitken also enjoyed success as a designer of coins and medals. He sculpted the $50 gold commemorative (round and octagonal) for the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, as well as the official medal of the event. He also created the Missouri Centennial commemorative half dollar of 1921, following it a decade and a half later with the California Pacific International Exposition commemorative half dollar of 1935-1936. In the medallic arena, Aitken sculpted the American Numismatic Society’s 1921 medal commemorating Marshal Foch’s visit to the United States; the 15th issue of the Society of Medalists Omnia Vincit Amor, 1937; the Medal of the National Academy of Design; and the Medal of the National Sculpture Society.

 

$1,500


 

 

Dimensions:

Media:    Patinated bronze, white Carrara marble

Height:   22 3/4 inches

Width:     28 1/2 inches

Depth:    6 3/4 inches

Weight: approximately 150 lbs.

 

 

Artists of the Novecento Italiano art movement:

Giacomo Balla            Anselmo Bucci             Pompeo Borra             Aldo Carpi

Carlo Carrà                 Felice Casorati              Giorgio de Chirico      Raffaele De Grada

Fortunato Depero      Antonio Donghi             Ercole Drei                 Leonardo Dudreville

Achille Funi                  Virgilio Guidi                 Achille Lega               Gian Emilio Malerba

Arturo Martini             Pietro Marussig            Francesco Messina    Giorgio Morandi

Ubaldo Oppi                Renato Paresce           Siro Penagini               Gino Severini

Mario Sironi                Mario Tozzi                   Francesco Trombadori       Adolfo Wildt

 

Novecento Italiano    

Reclining Male Nude

Bronze Sculpture/Paperweight

Ca. 1930

 This rare Novecento Italiano Bronze Sculpture of a Reclining Male Nude is a true masterpiece of Art Deco sculpture, created in 1930's Italy. Monumental in its dimensions and weight yet light in perception and elegant, the strong and muscular figure of a reclining nude half-man - half-god is rendered and founderedof bronze with amazing subtlety, and covered with a black and green patina. The fact that the sculptor's name is unknown, gives this extraordinary work of art an even more mystical significance. Created in the best traditions of one of the strongest Italian art movements of the period, Novecento Italiano, this outstanding work of art is following the formal canons of the Art Deco externally, their art is definitely different from the rest because of a certain spiritual content; glorifying the human spirit and the body to the divine ideal; thus creating a new standard of superman - perfect enough not to need any clothes, to decorate or improve himself. On the contrary, his nakedness exalts him above all. Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903 –1983), a world-famous British author, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the best-known art historians and aesthetes of his generation, in his book The Nude, published in 1956, puts it with perfection: "To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes and the word implies some of the embarrassment which most of us feel in that condition. The word nude, on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous and confident body: the body re-formed."

Novecento Italiano art movement was founded by Lino Pesaro, a gallery owner interested in modern art, and Margherita Sarfatti, a writer and art critic who worked on Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s newspaper, The People of Italy (Il Popolo d'Italia). Margherita Sarfatti was also Mussolini’s mistress. Motivated by a post-war "call to order", they brought a group of artists together, and the new art movement was officially launched in 1923 at an exhibition in Milan; with Mussolini as one of the speakers.  The group in the original lineup was also represented at the Venice Biennale of 1924 in a gallery of its own. After the group finally formed, the new Novecento Italiano staged its first group exhibition in Milan in 1926. Several of the artists were WWI veterans; Sarfatti had lost a son in the war. The group wished to take on the Italian establishment and create an art associated with the rhetoric of Fascism. The artists supported the Fascist regime and their work became associated with the state propaganda department, although Mussolini reprimanded Sarfatti for using his name and the name of Fascism to promote Novecento movement. The name of the movement (which means 1900s) was a deliberate reference to great periods of Italian art in the past, the Quattrocento and Cinquecento (1400s and 1500s).  The group rejected European Avant-garde art and wished to revive the tradition of large format history painting and sculpture in the classical manner. It lacked a precise artistic program and included artists of different styles and temperament, aiming to promote a renewed yet traditional Italian art. The artists of Novecento Italiano would not imitate the world created by God but would be inspired by it. Despite official patronage, Novecento art did not always have an easy ride in Fascist Italy. Mussolini was personally uninterested in art and divided official support among various groups so as to keep artists on the side of the regime. Opening the exhibition of Novecento art in 1923 he declared that “it is far from my idea to encourage anything like a state art. Art belongs to the domain of the individual. The state has only one duty: not to undermine art, to provide humane conditions for artists, to encourage them from the artistic and national point of view."  The movement was in competition with other pro-Fascist movements, especially Futurism and the regionalist Strapaese movement. Novecento Italiano also met outright opposition. Achille Starace, the General Secretary of the Fascist Party, attacked it in the Fascist daily press and there was virulent criticism of its “un-Italian" qualities by artists and critics. The unity of the group depended much on Sarfatti and it weakened in her absence from Milan. When she lost her influence with Mussolini, the group fell apart and was formally disbanded in 1943.

$35,000


diver

Bronze sculpture of an athlete getting ready for a dive.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : Europe
  • Sculptor : Unknown
  • Remarks: Unsigned
  • Height : 14 inches
  • Width : 10 inches
  • Depth : 10 inches
  • Medium : Bronze / Marble
  • Inventory number : S-1930-0003

 

 

 

$1,300

 


pomona

Massive Art Déco sculpture of Pomona, the ancient Roman goddess of fruit trees, garden and orchards, who watches over, protectsand cares for their cultivation. Associated with the flourishing of the fruit trees, in artistic depictions she is generally shown with a platter of fruit or a cornucopia. A statue of Pomona is set atop the Pulitzer Fountain in Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza in New York City.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : France
  • Sculptor : Gustave Gillot (1888-1965)
  • Remarks: Stamped: EDITION POMONE
  • Height : 21 inches
  • Width : 6 inches
  • Depth : 4 inches
  • Medium : Bronze
  • Inventory number : S-1930-0005

$5,500


archer

A dynamic depiction of a sportsman, stringing his bow.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : Western Europe
  • Sculptor : Signed illegibly
  • Height : 13 1/2 inches
  • Width : 8 1/4 inches
  • Depth : 2 3/4 inches
  • Medium : Bronze / Marble
  • Inventory number : S-1930-009

 

 

 

$1,400


relay runner

Relay runner at the starting line of the race.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : Western Europe
  • Sculptor : Signed illegibly
  • Height : 15 inches
  • Width : 12 inches
  • Depth : 5 3/4 inches
  • Medium : Bronze / Wood
  • Inventory number : S-1930-0010

 

 

 

$1,750


cherub playing a flute

Allegorical figure of cherub playing a flute.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : Austria
  • Sculptor : Unsigned
  • Remarks: Stamped: AUSTRIA
  • Height : 11 inches
  • Width : 4 3/4 inches
  • Depth : 3 1/2 inches
  • Medium : Bronze / Marble
  • Inventory number : S-1930-0011

 

 

 

 

 

$950

 


This very artistic desk-size sculpture of a naked child, holding a bowl with food, with a crow sitting on his shoulder, who is trying to still it from him, was created by Rudolph Henn (German-American, 1880-1955), the sculptor mostly known for his depictions of children. Bronze and patina are in excellent condition.  In this small sculpture, the artist uses an unusual idea of combining typical Art Deco forms with the bright green patina that gives the work an element of ancient mysticism...

a child fending off a crow

Rudolph Henn  (German/American 1880-1955) was born in Olsbrucken, Germany. In 1901, Henn studied figural sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, counting Syrius Eberle and Heinrich Waderé among many other famous classmates. In 1907, he worked as a model maker for an ethnographic expedition to the Dutch East Indies. In 1908. after his studies he was freelancing in Munich until 191, when he was drafted as a soldier. After the World War I, Henn moved his workshop to Kaiserslautern and, after his marriage, two of his daughters were born. In 1929, during the Great Depression, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. Since 1936, Henn was actively involved in the artistic design of the Harlem River Houses residential complex that was developed under the Treasury Relief Art Project. There, he collaborated with Heinz Warnecke with Theodore Barbarossa, Erwin Springweiler and Richmond Barthé. In addition to large-scale monuments in public spaces, Henn continued to create a smaller-scale bronze pieces. Many of his bronze works are of children, including fountain sculptures.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1930
  • Period : Art Déco (1920-1939)
  • Country : United States of America
  • Sculptor : Rudolph Henn  (German/American 1880-1955)
  • Remarks: Signed by the artist
  • Height : 5 3/8 inches
  • Width : 2 3/8 inches
  • Depth : 1 1/2 inches
  • Medium : Green patinated bronze
  • Inventory number : S-1930-0014

 

 

$950