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Tall original French Art Deco dancer by Descomps, patina, silver and gilt bronze

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A tall original French Art Deco bronze sculpture of a semi-nude, female dancer holding a bow with arrow. The striped cloth which drapes dramatically around the woman's body creates an interesting dialogue and complement to the graceful position of her arms and the movement it creates. The entirety resting on the original onyx base is accented by a touch of gold plated decoration on the statue's earrings, pearls, arm bracelets and belt, and presents this unique and beautiful bronze sculpture as striking from the front as it is from the back. Not only can it be placed on a pedestal, cabinet, center table console, but in front of a mirror so both views can be appreciated. The polychromatic finish in patina, silver and gilt plating is unusual and in great condition for its age. Signed: Joe Descomps --------------------------------- Joseph (Joe) Descomps French Sculptor, engraver, master goldsmith born Joseph-Jules Emmanuel Cormier who's name becomes Joe Descomps after WW II Born in Clermont-Ferrand on the 18th of January 1869 and died on the 4th of April 1950. Descomps studied early on at Falguières under H. Hiolin. In 1883, he became a member of the French Society of Artists and by 1898 he had risen to prominence as an artist. Descomps became a prolific sculptor and jewelry designer and exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artists. He won medals in 1921, 1925 and 1928. Descomps exhibited the statue Femme Au Lotus in the vestibule at the Paris exhibition of 1925. He exhibited at the Salon of French artists from 1891-1937. Additionally, Descomps exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Tuileries. He specialized in figural, predominantly female statues of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period. He signed his name Joe Descomps and sometimes signed Joseph Cormier, but the later signature was mainly on his ceramic studies. He worked in many mediums, bronze, ceramic, bronze and ivory. Most of his bronze sculpture were produced by the Etling et Cie and the Barbedienne foundry.
  • Creator:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 25.25 in (64.14 cm)Width: 6.5 in (16.51 cm)Depth: 4.75 in (12.07 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Bronze,Onyx,Silvered
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1925
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. In very good condition, some mottling of the silver, slight imperfections of the finish, flea bite chips and a small old restoration on the onyx base.
  • Seller Location:
    New York City, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU901331106912
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