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    Sale 2100

    An Important Private Collection of French Bronze and Ivory Figures

    13 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)


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    DEMETRE H. CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
    'Semiramis' A Cold-Painted and Patinated Bronze and Ivory Figure, circa 1928**
    on onyx and marble base
    26 5/8 in. (67.7 cm.) high
    base marked Chiparus and with inset metal plaque underneath base LN Paris JL

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    cf. A. Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, 1999, p. 51 for the plasteline model, p. 118, pl. 150.
    B. Catley, Art Deco and other figures, Antique Collector's Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1978, p. 98.

    Semiramis was a legendary figure generally associated with beauty and lust--leitmotifs often found in theatrical productions of the 1920s. Sometimes called the Queen of Babylon, according to one legend, Semiramis was a Syrian noble, who lusted after the beautiful King Ara of Armenia. He rejected her advances and she subsequently led an army against him and he was killed in battle. In The Divine Comedy, Dante condemned Semiramis to the second circle of Hell, reserved for the lustful, and Voltaire depicted her as a similarly predatory woman.

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