Lot 75: Dimitri Chiparus, Pierrot à la Mandoline, Bronze, c. 1925
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, painted polychrome
Dimitri Chiparus, also called Demetre Haralamb Chiparus (1886-1947) Important Romanian sculptor of the Art Déco
Signed in the cast on the left D.H. Chiparus
Sculptural depiction of a Pierrot playing mandolin
Mounted on quartz stone plate
Height of bronze: 40.8 cm
Total height: 43 cm
The figure of Pierrot (Pierre or Peter) was developed in the first half of the 19th century and has its origin in Pedrolino or Pagliaccio of the Commdeia dell'arte as well as in the Gilles of the Parisian funfair theaters; the motif of this stage figure was also very popular in the design vocabulary of Art Deco
The bronze figure is in good condition bearing only minor signs of age and wear like partially color abrasion. The quartz stone plate is slightly bumped along edges and corners.
Dimitri Chiparus (1886-1947)
The Romanian sculptor and ceramist Demetre Haralamb Chiparus or Dimitri Chiparus is one of the most important artists of the Art Déco. From 1909 he studied with the Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli and moved to Paris in 1912 to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He studied under Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher. Here he perfected the chryselephantine technique, employing a combination of bronze and ivory. The bronze elements were decorated with cold painting or enameling. His sculptures often represent dancers of the Ballets Russes. Between 1914 and 1928 Chiparus presented his works regularly at the Paris Salon des Artistes Françaises. The last time he took part in the Paris Salon was in 1942 showing some animal sculptures. The largest collection of his works is today in the Art Déco Russian House in Moscow. (nlu)
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