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French Art Déco Bronze Antilope Scultpure on Stone Base by Max Le Verrier 1920s

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Very finely crafted bronze sculpture from the period of French Art Deco. Attributed to the sculptur Max Le Verrier. The antelope is jumping, the dynamics and movement of the animal is very well captured in the depiction. The bronze is brown, the horns a little darker. The object rests on a stepped natural stone base which gives the whole a special sophistication. Biography Louis Octave Maxime Le Verrier, short Max Le Verrier (born January 29, 1891 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; † June 6, 1973 in Paris, France) was a French sculptor. Le Verrier was the son of a Parisian goldsmith and jeweler; his mother was from Belgium. His parents separated when he was seven years old. He attended several boarding schools, including the École des Roches in Verneuil-sur-Avre. Against Max's wishes, his father sent him to study agriculture at Saint-Sever and La Réole. At the age of 16, he returned to Paris and took odd jobs to avoid working in agriculture. In 1909, he left France and moved to London for a short time, where he found it difficult to find work. Le Verrier worked at a flying school in Rendon, where he first serviced aircraft and then earned his pilot's license in 1913. During World War I, he saw action in a French bomber squadron beginning in February 1915. On May 25, 1915, he was shot down in a dogfight by a German fighter plane. Classified as missing in action, he received the French Military Medal and the Croix de guerre 1914-1918. While a prisoner of war in Münster, the sergeant was not required to work. He requested tools and modeling clay and began sculpting. Le Verrier befriended other artists in the camp and painted portraits of some of his fellow prisoners. In 1917, he was interned in Switzerland as part of a prisoner exchange. At the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, he studied with Marcel Bouraine and Pierre Le Faguays, who remained friends throughout their lives and collaborated frequently. After the war, Le Verrier returned to Paris, where in 1921 he married Jeanne Hubrecht, with whom he had two sons. In the early 1920s, he inherited a small foundry where he soon produced small sculptures and decorative objects such as lamps, ashtrays, bookends, and radiator figures in the Art Deco style. In addition to his own sculptures, he cast for artists Pierre Le Faguay, Marcel Bouraine, André Vincent Becquerel, and Jules Edmont Masson. He worked mostly with bronze, ivory, zinc, terracotta, and ceramics. Le Verrier showed his work at the salons of the Société des artistes décorateurs, of which he was an elected member. He won a gold medal at the Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes exhibition of 1925. He also exhibited at the 1937 Paris World Trade Exhibition. During the Art Deco period, his female figures - such as his work Clarte - were particularly noted for their flexible athletic bodies in perfect symmetry. Le Verrier's works also included animal sculptures such as pelicans, storks, squirrels, chimpanzees, horses, lions, antilopes and black panthers. During World War II, Le Verrier's house served as a dead drop for the Resistance. He was held in cellars for four days by the militia of the Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Nazi German Reich, and turned over to the German occupiers, who ultimately let him go. A few days later, the militia returned, but Le Verrier was able to escape through a hidden door. With false papers, he first sought shelter with a friend in Paris, then made his way to his home in the Gers department of southern France, where his wife and children were already waiting for him. In September 1944, Le Verrier returned to Paris, where he found his apartment and workshop ransacked. At the end of the war, he was able to reopen his workshop. In addition to a series of small animal sculptures of birds, rhinos, donkeys, goats, bears, and sea lions, as well as the sculptural group Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Le Verrier cast articles of daily life such as ashtrays, office supplies, and souvenirs. He worked in his Paris studio until his death in 1973. Max Le Verrier was laid to rest in the Fontenay-lès-Briis cemetery near his friend Pierre Le Faguays.
  • Attributed to:
    Max Le Verrier (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 11.03 in (28 cm)Width: 18.9 in (48 cm)Depth: 4.34 in (11 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1925
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Salzburg, AT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2438330215142
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