This is a solid bronze figurine of a dancing lady called Hoop Girl after D H Chiparus, on an Onyx base, dating to the Art Deco period, Circa 1925 to 1935.
The figure is beautifully sculpted in very good detail- see the skirt and feet.
The casting is made of bronze, which we think probably had a silvered finish originally and is visible on some parts of the piece where their has been less rubbing - see the skirt and hat. The base is made of a light green onyx which is tapered and chamfered on its edges.
The bronze has a lovely depth of color which is difficult to capture in a photograph. The bronze is very well patinated showing colour variation with a lighter color to the high points of the figure where it has been handled and polished over the years. The bronze sits on a figured light green onyx base which compliments the bronze figure well.
An illustration of a very similar bronze figure, attributed to D H Chiparus and on the same shaped base and of the same dimensions is illustrated on page 324 in the book; Millers Art Nouveau & Art Deco , published by Octopus Publishing The figure is named "Hoop Girl" . Another variant of the Hoop Girl, in Gilt Bronze and Ivory, again by Chiparus, is illustrated on page 15 in the book: Art Deco Sculpture by Victor Arwas, published by Academy Editions, London.
We date this piece firmly in the Art Deco period, circa 1920 to 1930.
We cannot find any signatures or markings on this piece.
Artist: Demétre Chiparus (1886-1947)
Demétre Haralamb Chiparus was a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris, France, studying under A Mercier and J Boucher. He was one of the most important sculptors of the Art Deco period and his work is well recognised and collected worldwide.
Wear to the original silvered finish showing the bronze beneath. Very good depth of colour to the bronze.
NO Damage, NO restoration.
Internal Ref: M 324
Height = 26.4 cm (10.4")
Width = 15.2 cm (6.0")
Depth = 8.6 cm (3.4")
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