are those small-scale bronze or spelter 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),
ceramic and spelter figurines.
Now famous sculptors such as Demetre
Chiparus, Ferdinand Preiss, Josef Lorenzl and Claire Colinet all
took their inspiration from the dancers, cabaret performers,
movie stars and the fashion styles seen in Hollywood, Paris and
Berlin at that time.
These Art Deco figurines are now sold in
major auction houses throughout the world with many collectors
of the style eager to own statues 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 lively
sculptures of exoticfemales will continue strutting, posing
and dancing their way through the 21st Century and beyond!
Silent footage of Berlin nightlife from around 1930 can
be seen here