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    Sale 2100

    An Important Private Collection of French Bronze and Ivory Figures

    13 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 2

    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)

    'PERSIAN DANCERS' A COLD-PAINTED AND PATINATED BRONZE AND IVORY FIGURAL GROUP, CIRCA 1928**

    Price Realised  

    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
    'Persian Dancers' A Cold-Painted and Patinated Bronze and Ivory Figural Group, circa 1928**
    on onyx and marble base, edited by Etling
    20 5/8 in. (52.4 cm.) high
    base signed D H Chiparus and Etling Paris


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    cf. A. Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, 1999, p. 96, pl. 28.
    V. Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992, p. 32.
    B. Catley, Art Deco and other figures, Antique Collector's Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1978, p. 85.

    Crystalizing the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, the Persian Dancers wear all of the attire most associated with the East--harem pants, turbans, jeweled armbands and curled-toe slippers. These costumes are similar to those worn by dancers Vaslav Nijinsky and Ida Rubenstein, who created a sensation in their Paris debut of the Ballets Russes performance of Scheherazade in 1910. Rubenstein appeared at the opening of the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in her Bakst-designed costume from Scheherazade, illustrating the continuing appeal of this opulent style.