Important, Rare Pair Art Deco Polynesian-Themed Sculptures/Lamps by Powell

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Beautifully modeled, molded and glazed, this pair of sculptures was originally designed to serve as tabletop torchere lamps, with light washing the wall above, and lighting the eyes of each head. Very finely crafted, the sculptures were made by Doane Powell, an important Nebraska cartoonist and illustrator who later became famous for the masks he made of celebrities such as Mae West, Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, and Greta Garbo. Powell made both realistic portraits as well as caricatures, and exhibited his work at the Century of Progress Exposition, in Chicago, in 1933. He had moved to New York in the 1920s, and his mask-making business flourished, with masks commissioned for theater productions, department store displays, movies and television, and advertising campaigns. In 1948, Powell wrote an authoritative volume, "Masks and How to Make Them," which revealed that he made his masks from laminated paper, adhesive and sometimes silk.
Details
Of the Period
Art Deco
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1940s
Period
1940-1949
Materials and Techniques
Ceramic
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
11.25 in. H
29 cm H
Diameter
6.25
Dealer Location
Philadelphia, PA
Number of Items
2
Reference Number
U1009068651269
Address
Renaissance Man Antiques
349 S 47th St.
Philadelphia PA 19143
US
(215) 883-8497
1stdibs Dealer since 2009 Located in Philadelphia, PA
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