1930s French Art Deco "Ondine" Bronze Sculpture by Le Faguay

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We acquired this French 1930s bronze sculpture by Pierre Le Faguays (1892-1925) from a private French collector who told us that he originally bought the sculpture in the 1950s while shopping in Porte de Clignancourt. This is an important and artistically executed bronze statue of a beautiful nude female with draping named "Ondine." The enchanting, realistic face, the hands and the feet of this sculpture are intricately detailed and the (hefty!) bronze has taken on a gorgeous patina with age. The elaborate geometric stepped marble base consists of at least five different kinds of marble. It is stunning in its own right and looks as though it were built for a 1930s Hollywood movie set. Needless to say, it's the perfect platform for this stunning beauty.

The measurements:

The sculpture (including base) stands a total 16" tall.

The base measures: 7-1/2" wide X 3-1/2" deep.

Fayral and Guerbe were each pseudonyms used by the famous Pierre Le Faguays. Fayral and Guerbe were the family names of his mother and his wife respectively. Le Faguays was born in Nantes, France and became famous for the originality and grace he gave his dancers, many of which were inspired by the statues of Tanagra. He was awarded a medal of honor for his work in 1927. His best friend, Max Le Verrier (of the Le Verrier Foundry) made most of (if not all of) his pieces.
Details
Of the Period
Art Deco
Place of Origin
France
Date of Manufacture
1930s
Period
1930-1939
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Marble
Condition
Excellent. Excellent original (new base). .
Dimensions
16 in. H x 5 in. W x 5 in. D
41 cm H x 13 cm W x 13 cm D
Dealer Location
Oakland, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
09052787144
Address
Art Deco Collection
3227 14th Ave.
Oakland CA 94602
US
(510) 900-5622
Associations
  • 20th Century Specialists
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