• 20th Century Decorative Art &  auction at Christies

    Sale 7838

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    21 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    DEMETRE CHIPARUS (1886-1947)

    LES AMIS FLAMANTS IMPORTANT FIGURAL GROUP, CIRCA 1930

    Price Realised  

    DEMETRE CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
    LES AMIS FLAMANTS IMPORTANT FIGURAL GROUP, CIRCA 1930
    bronze, carved ivory, resting on Medici marble plinth
    29 in. (74 cm.) wide; 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high
    engraved to plinth Chiparus and stamped BRONZE


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    This masterpiece embodies two recurring elements of fascination for the sculptor, those of the female form and of exotic animals. The theme of the two flamingoes draws to mind the famous model Les Amis Toujours which depicts a standing female figure flanked by two borzoi, whilst the female figure sitting cross-legged and in meditation is reminiscent of the sculptors other seminal work Civa.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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    Provenance

    Sotheby's Monaco, Arts Décoratifs du XXe Siècle, 11th December 1995, lot 190


    Saleroom Notice

    The correct title for this lot is Les Amis Flamants.