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'HERON', A GREEN PATINATED BRONZE CONSOLE WITH MARBLE TOP AND BASE BY ALBERT CHEURET, CIRCA 1925
Little survives in print regarding the life and work of Albert Cheuret. He defined himself as a sculptor-decorator and had indeed studied sculpture under Jacques Perrin and Georges Lemaire before opening his own studio at 11 avenue Franco-Russe in Paris. From 1907 he became a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français.
In the context of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris 1925, he set up a boutique on the Pont Alexandre III in which he exhibited works in bronze, notably animal sculptures, furniture, clocks and a wide range of bronze and alabaster light fittings - his great speciality.
The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter in 1922 inspired artists to explore new decorative motifs and particularly those depicting exotic animals. Cheuret frequently incorporated birds in his creations, either in a naturalistic style, as with the present console, or tending towards abstraction. The two birds are evidently Great Blue Herons (Ardea Herodias).