Lot 111: Max Le Verrier, Art Déco Floor Lamp La Clarté, Bronze, 1930
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
28th November 2016
Lot 111: The figure is made of spelter.br>
Bronze with light green patina, frosted glass, hardstone
Max Le Verrier (1891-1973) - Important French sculptor and founder
Signed in the cast MLeVerrier
Art déco lamp with the figure of a nude woman with bent back head and contemporary short hairstyle
Single-light fixture, with 1 light bulb
Mounted on three-stepped, octagonal base
Total height: 83 cm
Provenance: private property Berlin
Paris based sculptor Max Le Verrier (1891-1973) was specialized in Art Deco figures with which he gained a great popularity in the 1920s. The fascination for the ideal female form which determined the Art Deco movement is also visible in Le Verrier's female figures, which are characterized by athletic bodies in perfect harmony.
The lamp is in very good condition. It is electrified and fully functional.
Max Le Verrier (1891-1973)
Louis Octave Maxime Le Verrier showed an interest in drawing and sculpture from an early age, carving little objects from wooden rulers. He served as a pilot in the First World War and ended up in a German camp as a prisoner of war. As he was not forced to work, he requested tools and clay and started sculpting. In 1917, he was sent to Switzerland where he became acquainted with fellow sculptors Pierre Le Faguays and Marcel André Bouraine. He set up his own studio and created statuettes, mainly nude women, in terra cotta. After the armistice, Le Verrier returned to Paris where he eventually set up his workshop and later his company Maison Max Le Verrier. He worked in clay, metal and bronze, creating animal figures, statues from live models, ceiling lights, lamps and bookends. The artist enjoyed increasing success, and in 1925 he was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Industriels et Modernes in Paris. During WW II, his studio was ransacked and the majority of his possessions disappeared, but Le Verrier reopened his workshop after the war and continued creating mainly bronze items until his death. (nlu)
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