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    Sale 5341

    20th Century Decorative Arts

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 87

    LOUIS CHALON

    'TANNHÄUSER', A GILT-BRONZE AND IVORY FIGURAL GROUP, CIRCA 1910

    Price Realised  

    LOUIS CHALON
    'TANNHÄUSER', A GILT-BRONZE AND IVORY FIGURAL GROUP, CIRCA 1910
    the standing poet in medieval dress, with the naked Venus attempting to seduce him, signed to the base L. Chalon
    22¼in. (56.5cm.) high


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    Tannhäuser (active 1245-65) was a German poet who, from 15th century legend, spent a year at Venusberg worshipping Venus. His subsequent remorse filled departure, forgiveness sought from Pope Urban IV and return to the goddess' home was made famous by Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser in 1845. Aubrey Beardsley began writing a romantic novel of the legend which was left unfinished, but later published under the title The Story of Venus and Tannhäuser in 1907.

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