Deco bronze figurines are those small-scale statues
produced for home decoration in the 1920s and 1930s (and
originally for sale in many UK jewellers and department
stores) that perfectly capture the spirit of the age. This
romanticised time of luxurious transatlantic ocean liner
palaces such as the SS Normandie and RMS Queen Mary, cocktails
and flappers, wild jazz music, Hollywood
and divine decadence was captured in bronze (with ivory)
and spelter sculptures by famous sculptors such as Demetre
Chiparus, Ferdinand Preiss, Josef Lorenzl and Claire Colinet
taking their inspiration from the dancers, cabaret performers,
movie stars and fashion in Hollywood, Paris and Berlin at that
time. Excerpts from the (silent) 1928 French film
L'Argent, starring Brigitte Helm with jewellery by Raymond
Templier can be seen here.
These Art Deco sculptures are now sold in major auction houses
throughout the world with many collectors of the style eager
to own figures that appear to be "frozen in time". There is no
doubt that nearly one hundred years after the sculptors
designed these little works of art these exotic ladies will
continue strutting, posing and dancing their way through the
21st Century and beyond!
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