Art Deco Bronzes – The Figural Form

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At Canonbury Antiques we are great fans of the art deco era. Though the style took its name from ‘L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes‘, held in Paris in 1925 it initially began to emerge during the 1910’s reaching its height during the roaring 1920’s. The art deco aesthetic influenced all creative areas – architecture, typography, fashion, music, paintings, furniture, design and of course the figural form, mainly in the shape of art deco bronzes and statues, which will be our focus.

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(Above: Beauty of Paris by Joe Descomps)

In this piece we will examine the main influences that affected the shaping of the figural form of the time and some of it’s most famous proponents, including Chiparus, Fayral, Max Leverrier, Ferdinand Preiss, Lalique, ColinetJoe Descomps and a whole host of other artists, a rolecall of the deco greats. We have all manner of art deco bronzes available at Canonbury Antiques , mainly of the female form which was obviously the most favoured subject of the artists.

The 1920s seem to be a time of great social change, technical development and historical advances in science and travel that really influenced the overall look and feel of the time. Here’s some of the main factors:

1920s VERSION OF THE IDEALISED WOMAN

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(Above: Gorgeous Biba – or Clarte – figurine in the form of a lamp. Classic example of the 1920s idealised female form)

Every era has it’s asethetic version of the idealised female form. Whether it be a Rubenesque 1600s version of the more rounded female to the wasted heroin chic waif look popular in the 90s. In the 1920s it seemed like the first stirrings of the fully modern woman were made – female suffrage clearly gave women independence and confidence. Women were granted suffrage (the right to vote) in the United States in 1920 and in Britain in 1918 (although propertied and over 30 was a requirement). Hence, coming in the aftermath of the First World War, the twenties are often looked at through rose tinted glasses as a time of progression and growing freedoms. The 1920s idealised form of the female was all lithe athleticism, perhaps in a skimpy bathing suit. It was almost a hark back to classical antiquity with the degree that youth, beauty and perfect physical proportion were worshipped. It certainly made for some great statues and works of art.

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ERTE

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(Above: The fashion designer Erte extered a massive influence sartorially)

Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian born artist who worked out of France in the 1920s and worked under the pseudonym Erte. Erte was a polymath who worked in jewellery, costume, set design and fashion and had a sweeping influence, particularly on female dress that can be seen in various dresses and fashions of women featured in art deco bronzes. He would have dressed the stars in the silent movies of the time and just a cursory search of his imagery on Google will reveal how big an influence it was.

BALLETS RUSSES

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(Above: Ballet Russe’s influence can really be seen in the works of DH Chiparus)

The Ballets Russes was a travelling ballet company based in Paris who toured the world throughout the twenties. The companies productions created a big sensation and influenced performance art and costumes. It also introduced European and American audiences to designs, motifs and music from Russian folklore. Art deco artists, particularly DH Chiparus were extremely influenced.

AERODYNANISM

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(Above: Streamline Moderne in the architectural medium. If this was in marble could almost be a base to a bronze)

Sleek aerodynanism was a recurrant look and feel to the art deco figural form. This can be seen as a response to the technical advances in travel – by air, car, train and boat – that were enabling mass commercial travel to really grown in the 1920s. In turn the designs of these modes of travel incorporated a streamline look for quicker travel. These advances can really be seen in the architectural works – for eg the Streamline Moderne movement –  of the day which have  fine lines, elegant areoplane-like curves and a clean symmetry.

CUBISM

Cubism is an early Twentieth century art from that emerged in Paris in the early 1900s. It’s leading proponents were Georges Braque and of course Picasso. The impact of Cubism were far-reaching and definitely influenced the art deco bronze figural form, mainly in the way faces were depicted with slightly exaggerated features and clean angular lines. The look often had an almost tribal art feel, again a response to an opening up of the world to other cultures and arts as anthropologists and ethnographers encroached on formerly remote tribes and parts of the world.

EGYTO MANIA

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(Above: Egyptian Dancer statue by Colinet)

In 1922 Howard Carted and George Herberts (5th Earl of Carnarvon, and owner of Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey) discovered Turankhamun’s nearly intact tomb. This led throughout the 1920s to a fascination with all things Egyptican – pharos, pyramids, pharaoh hounds, obelisks etc – as images and photos were brought back from Egypt and manifested itself in the art and design. Again particuarly Chiparus who had a penchant for all manner of Egyptian dancers and belly dancers, a flirtation with the exotic.

THE FLAPPER

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(Above: A right bunch of Flappers! Where’s the champagne and jazz records?)

Tieing in with female emancipation touched on above through universal suffrage, was the emergence of the ‘new breed’ of young Western women called ‘flappers’. The flapper wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, danced to jazz, drank, smoked, had casual sex and generally flouted any social norms they could. They sound like a lot of fun and greatly advanced the cause of liberalism. As such it was a great influence on the art deco bronze figural form.

CLOWNS AND ODALISQUES

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(Above: Lovely Odalisque figurine in the form of a lamp)

Clowns – predominantly the Harlequin and Pierrot – seem to be a recurring fixation in the figural form. Clowns have always been a mild obsession in French culture and in the 1920s silent films, clown antics would have been a main source of humour and entertainment. As most of the important figural works and artists came out of Paris we can see the direct causation here.

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The odalisque – another 1920s artistic fixation – was a concubine in a Turkish harem. Artistically it emerged as an eroticised genre in which a normally semi nude Eastern woman lies on her side on display for the specator. Maybe it was just another great motif within which to study the female form, preferrably in a partially clothed manner.

DH Chiparus, although now ubiquitous, has to be the most important and iconic sculpturist working out of Paris in the 1920s. Original works of his command figures well into six noughts and are highly sought after and collectable. He really was a man of his times and the whole look and feel of the roaring twenties seem to reach its zenith in his statues and figurines. Here are some of our current favourite Chiparus pieces:

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(Above: Eternal Friends by Chiparus – flapper flanked by two borzoi hound, the ultimate deco dog)

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(Above: Chiparus Fan Dancer statue – Harlequin meets Ballets Russes)

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(Above: Karmona by Chiparus – again Ballets Russe meets Egypt)

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

– This is based in our Los Angeles store in the US where we will ship from – please email for shipping quotes
You are viewing a gorgeous French bronze lamp in the shape of a deco lady as she holds aloft the frosted orb light shade. The piece is signed A Ouline on the base. Ouline was originally from Belgium but worked out of Paris in the 1920s producing various sculptures and works of art. This is a later casting from the original.

You can see how the figurine somehow captures the essence of the deco aesthetic with its symmetry and the manner in which it embodies the 1920s female ideal. The female is lithe and angular, offset by the flowing ribbon scarf, a typical deco motif to represent aerodynanism and energy.

The casting is of the highest quality – the brown patina in great shape. Check out details like her fine features and muscle tone, the work of a great artist. It is signed on the back of the statue, please see close up photo.

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Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

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Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

You are viewing a gorgeous art deco silver bronze lamp on a black marble base with two biba figurines. I hope the photos do this stunning piece some justice, it’s certainly better in the flesh. This piece is based in the US where we will be shipping it from (we normally ship from England where our HQ is).

The piece is the epitome of art deco style and elegance and really captures the mood and aesthetic of the 1920s with skill. The two semi clad girls are dressed in typical 20s fashion and they way they sit opposite each other symmetrically is also very deco. This is electrified for the US market and the white glass shade lets of a lovely atmospheric glow.

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light French Statue

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light French Statue

Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light French Statue

This is based in the US where we will ship from. You are viewing a gorgeous French silver bronze art deco style figurine lamp.

It’s a classic deco pose – a study in the 1920s version of the ideal female, all nubile aerodynaminism and lithe limbs. She stands knees slightly bent as she hold the frosted glass orb aloft above her head. This is a later recasting from the original and is offered in great shape. The casting to the bronze is superb, check out details like the close ups of the hands and face which illustrate the quality.

She stands on a black tiered marble base which is smooth and chip free. The lamp is wired for the US market, so this is ready to use right away, of course it can easily be adapted for different countries with an adaptor plug. This is based in the US where we will ship from.

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Silver Bronze Art Deco Biba Lamp

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Silver Bronze Art Deco Biba Lamp

Silver Bronze Art Deco Biba Lamp

Silver Bronze Art Deco Biba Lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
– Come view in our antiques showroom in Hertfordshire, just 25 mins north of London
– Stunning large bronze art deco lamp in the shape of a classic biba girl
– Bronze statue somehow embodies the 1920s aesthetic
– Large piece of an architectural importance
– We have a pair of these so please contact us if you are looking for a pair
– Piece is wired and ready to emit light from the frosted glass orb

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Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

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Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

Art Deco Bronze Biba Girl Lamp Light Figurine

 

You are viewing a gorgeous art deco silver bronze lamp on a black marble base with two biba figurines. I hope the photos do this stunning piece some justice, it’s certainly better in the flesh. This piece is based in the US where we will be shipping it from (we normally ship from England where our HQ is).

The piece is the epitome of art deco style and elegance and really captures the mood and aesthetic of the 1920s with skill. The two semi clad girls are dressed in typical 20s fashion and they way they sit opposite each other symmetrically is also very deco. This is electrified for the US market and the white glass shade lets of a lovely atmospheric glow.

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY ART DECO BRONZE BIBA GIRL LAMP LIGHT FIGURINE ON CANONBURY ANTIQUES

Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light Statue 1920s

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light Statue 1920s

Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Light Statue 1920s

 

This is based in the US where we will ship from – please contact for shipping quotes.

This piece is based in the US where we will ship from. You are viewing a gorgeous art deco lamp. This is a later casting from the original and is offered in great condition. I hope the photos do this stunning piece some justice, it’s certainly better in the flesh.

I hope you agree how it somehow epitomises the art deco aesthetic, as the girl drapes herself seductively over the light box with drapes. She wears a characteristic 20s hat as he head is cocked to one side. She stands on the tired base, another deco motif.

This really is a stylish collectable piece and in the right location this would be the talking point of any collection. This is a light and is wired for use in the US – it lets out a really atmospheric glow from the light box. I’ve shown some examples of how it looks in the pictures. It even has two settings for different lighting. I have also included numerous close up shots to illustrate the amazing detail to the casting, things like her hands and face.

The casting is incredible, check out details like the close ups of the hands and feet and how intricate they are. This is offered in perfect condition and we will ship to anywhere in the world.

 

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

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Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

Art Deco Bronze Figurine Lamp Signed Ouline 1920s

 

– This is based in our Los Angeles store in the US where we will ship from – please email for shipping quotes
You are viewing a gorgeous French bronze lamp in the shape of a deco lady as she holds aloft the frosted orb light shade. The piece is signed A Ouline on the base. Ouline was originally from Belgium but worked out of Paris in the 1920s producing various sculptures and works of art. This is a later casting from the original.

You can see how the figurine somehow captures the essence of the deco aesthetic with its symmetry and the manner in which it embodies the 1920s female ideal. The female is lithe and angular, offset by the flowing ribbon scarf, a typical deco motif to represent aerodynanism and energy.

The casting is of the highest quality – the brown patina in great shape. Check out details like her fine features and muscle tone, the work of a great artist. It is signed on the back of the statue, please see close up photo.

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS ART DECO BRONZE FIGURINE LAMP SIGNED OULINE 1920S ON CANONBURY ANTIQUES

French Art Deco Bronze Biba Lamp Light Obelisk

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French Art Deco Bronze Biba Lamp Light Obelisk

French Art Deco Bronze Biba Lamp Light Obelisk

 

– This is based in the United States – please email for shipping quotes
– Classic French art deco style lamp in silver bronze
– 1920s Biba girl sits atop the marble obelisk
– Holds aloft the frosted glass orb from whence the light omits
– Piece manages to encapsulate the cool sophistication of the 1920s
– Offered in great shape and will ship to anywhere in the world

 

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Silver Bronze Deco Biba Lamp Light Figurine Statue

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Silver Bronze Deco Biba Lamp Light Figurine Statue

Silver Bronze Deco Biba Lamp Light Figurine Statue

 

– This is based in the US where we will ship from
– Absolutely stunning art deco style French bronze table lamp
– Gorgeous Biba figurine stands on the tiered platform with two frosted glass orbs to her side
– Piece somehow embodies the deco aesthetic
– She is offered in very good condition ready for home use right away-
– Great collectors piece

 

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