3 November 2015
DEMETRE CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
'CIVA', AN IMPORTANT ART DECO SCULPTURE, CIRCA 1925
cold-painted and patinated bronze, ivory, on an onyx and coloured glass illuminating base
21 ¼ in. (54 cm.) high; 14 ¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide; 10 ¼ in. (26 cm.) deep
base signed Chiparus and engraved 13
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Similar example illustrated:
V. Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992, p. 62;
A. Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, 1999, p. 169, pl. 100.
Civa is one of the main Hindu deities and is here depicted in the lotus position. Shayo observes that for Chiparus the figure represented the exoticism of the East and was clearly influenced by dances of the Ballets Russes. Notably, he illustrates a period photograph of the gipsy Rhouma-je holding the same pose as this sculpture (p. 32).
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