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Art Deco Sculptures

Art Deco Collection

France (ca. 1920 - 1939)

Art Deco design is a modern re-interpretation of classicism: pieces in this style are symmetrical, rectilinear and clean-lined. Art Deco furniture carving and ornament is relatively subdued; the look is pared-down and streamlined; wood is detailed with refined geometric shapes — spheres, trapezoids, chevrons. Works in the Art Deco style mainly achieve visual delight via their rich and exotic materials. These were luxury goods, produced for a new class of wealthy manufacturers who wanted a new look, all their own.

     The term Art Deco is derived from the name of the 1925 Paris exhibition that brought the style to worldwide attention: “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.” The star of that show was decorator Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who used finishes such as lacquer and eggshell, and exotic wood veneers like amboyna and palissander. His peers included glass designer René Lalique; the elegant interior designer Jules Leleu; Maurice Dufrène (neoclassical fluted chair and table legs are a keynote of his work); Paul Follot (signature details include gilt- and silver-leafing); the team of Süe et Mare (both were painters, and created sensuous pieces with curving, Rococo-esque elements); and André Groult (who loved voluptuous bombé forms).

     “Art Deco” is often used expansively, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also named “Streamline Moderne” or “Machine Age” design. In America, the sleek, pared-down, speed-suggestive designs of Donald Deskey, Paul Frankl, Gilbert Rohde, Norman Bel Geddes and others was highly influenced by the French, but was more an expression of muscular American forward-thinking. Even so, in the larger sense Art Deco design is all of a piece. As you can see from the works offered below, Art Deco was the style of an assertive modernity: bold, elegant, chic, and impossible to ignore.

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Art Deco silvered bronze lamp with two kneeling nu...
Pierre Lenoir
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Sculptures
Art Deco figural table lamp with two keeling nudes signed Pierre Lenoir. Foundry seal La Stèle. France, Ca. 1925.
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Hagenauer Greyhound Sculpture
Foundwell
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Hagenauer Greyhound Sculpture
Hagenauer Werkstätte
1930s Austrian Art Deco Sculptures
A sleek Art Deco nickel-plated bronze sculpture depicting a greyhound by Hagenauer. Marked "wHw" and "Made in Austria". Circa 1930 Base measures: 2 2/16" x 8 4/16" Other measurements s...
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Spectacular Art Deco Diana Huntress and Leaping An...
Max Le Verrier
1930s French Sculptures
Stone
Presented here is one of the finest sculptures we have had to date. It is the epitomy of great Art Deco design, showing all the signs of a classic, both in style, quality and presence. ...
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Gladiator Bronze Sculpture by Constant Ambroise Ro...
Constant Roux
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
This patinated bronze bust of a gladiator is cast from a model from his full figure and is on a grey/green and amethyst mottled marble base. Inscribed 'Constant Roux, Susse Frs Edts Par...
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‘Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons’ by Marcel-Andr...
Marcel Bouraine
Early 20th Century French Sculptures
‘Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons’, a cire perdue bronze Art Deco statue by Marcel Bouraine cast c. 1925 by Susse Frerès Fondeurs, Paris, signed BOURAINE in the bronze. Additional Not...
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The Riding Crop Art Deco Bronze by Bruno Zach
Bruno Zach
1930s Austrian Sculptures
This is Bruno Zach's iconic masterpiece and is one of the most famous of all the Art Deco bronzes. It is a very detailed cold painted Figure of a very erotic subject. Zach (working c.19...
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Georges Tribout Bronze Figural Table Lamp
George-Henri Tribout
1930s French Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze, Onyx
Georges Henri TRIBOUT (1884-1962) French Art Deco Table Lamp in patinated bronze, depicting a seated nude woman holding the reflector cone, mounted on a two-tiered onyx base, Signed "G...
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Art Deco Bronze Architectural Plaque
Henri Bouchard
1930s French Art Deco Sculptures
Large bronze wall plaque depicting Art & Technology probably made for the 1937 Paris Exhibition. Marked on the base Bouchard [Henri Bouchard]. A very hard to find and unique piece of th...
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Art Deco Bronze Lady Golfer by José Dunach.
Deconamic
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Art Deco Bronze Lady Golfer by José Dunach.
José Dunach
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Sculptures
Lady golfer by José Dunach. This model is illustrated on page 44 of “Mascottes automobiles” by Michel Legrand. “Mascottes passion” by Michel Legrand, Antic show éditions. EPA éditions...
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An Art Deco Patinated Bronze Relief of the Discus ...
Early 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Sculptures
Bronze
The muscular figure with left hand on right knee, the raised left arm holding the discus, standing on an elliptical base.
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Mascot "Victoire". by René Lalique
René Lalique
Early 20th Century French Sculptures
Glass
René LALIQUE (1860-1945) Car radiator mascot "Victory" . molded glass-pressed white ametiste satin matt. Signed Bibliography: Felix Marcilhac, "René Lalique" catalog raisonné glass e...
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Impressive Art Deco Hagenauer Walnut & Copper Scul...
Hagenauer Werkstätte
20th Century Austrian Sculptures
This very rare, tall and graceful Hagenauer scutpture was most likely modeled after Isadora Duncan or possibly Josephine Baker. It is in perfect original condition and fully marked on ...
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Alabaster Sculpture, After William Zorach
1930s American Sculptures
A large carved alabaster sculpture of a seated Asian woman, in the manner of William Zorach, with a custom faux marble painted wooden base, circa 1930.
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Early Brass & Walnut Dancing Figure by Hagenauer
Hagenauer Werkstätte
20th Century Austrian Sculptures
Brass
This great Hagenauer figure has wonderful movement and style. She is made of brass and walnut. She is stamped on the underside with the company's WHW mark, made in Austria, Hagenauer Wi...
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1920s Art Deco Bronze Warrior Woman by Josef Loren...
Josef Lorenzl
Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Sculptures
Marble
This engaging bronze statue from the 1920s by Josef Lorenzl (1892-1950) depicts a beautiful warrior woman posed for battle while holding a scimitar. The figure is artfully captured with...
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Art Deco silvered bronze Pierrette by Marcel Boura...
Marcel Bouraine
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Sculptures
Art Deco bronze sculpture of Pierette or femaie clown by Marcel Andre Bouraine. (1886-1948) Signature: Bouraine. Foundry mark: LN seal. Les neveux de Lehmann, Paris. This model is il...
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'Female Skier' bronze by Frederic Focht, c. 1930
Frederic Focht
1930s French Sculptures
A large, green-patinated Art Deco bronze sculpture of a female skier in traditional attire, descending an alpine slope, mounted on a portoro marble base, signed 'Fred.C.Focht' in the br...
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A Danish Glazed Stoneware Sculpture of a Monkey
Royal Copenhagen
Early 20th Century Danish Sculptures
Stoneware
Seated with arms held against its body. Made by Knud Kyhn for Royal Copenhagen. Marked 20133
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Bronze Sculpture by Victor Rousseau
L'Art De Vivre
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Bronze Sculpture by Victor Rousseau
Victor Rousseau
Early 20th Century Belgian Sculptures
Victor Rousseau ( Belgian, 1865-1954 ) Patinated bronze of draped striding Primavera figure, her hair adorned with a wreath of flowers. Raised on a stepped marble base. Signed and dat...
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French Art Deco Sabino Table Light Lamp Lampe Lamp...
Marius-Ernest Sabino
20th Century French Sculptures
Glass
FREE EXPRESS SHIPPING included in pricing. Opalescent glass sculpture on lit up pedestal manufactured by Sabino, circa 1930. The opalescent nude figure was called Draped Dancer in the...
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Art Deco Bronze Figure by Bruno Zach
Bruno Zach
Early 20th Century Austrian Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
Hoop dancer, an Art Deco cold painted bronze figure of a scantily clad young lady in flowing costume dancing with a hoop by Bruno Zach (1891-1935). Silvered and richly patinated. Set on...
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Napier Silver-Plated Penguin Cocktail Shaker, 1936...
Emil A. Schuelke
1930s American Art Deco Sculptures
Silver Plate
Iconic Napier cocktail Shaker, restored and designed by Emile Schulke in 1936. The penguin has become one of the most popular figural shakers, this is an original not a reproduction. It...
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