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    Sale 2100

    An Important Private Collection of French Bronze and Ivory Figures

    13 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)


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    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
    'Antinea' A Cold-Painted and Patinated Bronze and Ivory Figure, circa 1928**
    on marble and onyx base, edited by Etling
    26½ in. (67.4 cm.) high
    base marked indistinctly Etling Paris

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    cf. A. Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, 1999, p. 153, pl. 84.
    V. Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992, pp. 46-47.
    B. Catley, Art Deco and other figures, Antique Collector's Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1978, p. 97.

    Antinea, queen of the desert kingdom of Atlantis, was popularized in the 1919 novel, L'Atlantide, by Pierre Benoit, and the subsequent silent film, which was released in October 1921. The film was wildly successful and ran for more than a year in theaters, only to be revived in 1928. Antinea was characterized as a seductive temptress, who lured men to her lair only to enbalm them in gold after she had her way with them. Scantily clad and wearing an Egyptian style headdress, Chiparus effectively captured Antinea's Oriental mystique.

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    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.


    Sotheby's, New York, 2 December 2000, lot 143.