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‘Appel’ by Charles*
Striking patinated art metal study by C. Charles cast at the Le Verrier foundry circa 1930.
Titled ‘Appel’ (The Call) this is a large and visually exciting Art Deco sculpture depicting an athletic male warrior, clad only in a loincloth, holding the reins of a rearing stallion while calling his comrades to arms.
The artist has so cleverly captured a wonderful pose by both man and horse, the effect made all the more dramatic by the carved and sloping natural stone base with its strong angles.
Plenty for the eye to take in with great definition to the warrior’s rippling muscles, not to mention the stylised and so very Art Deco look of the stallion.
Signed Charles in the cast and measuring approximately 50 cm high. Length is around 56 cm and width 16 cm.
The back of the stone base is inscribed Marco which is probably a pseudonym of Charles.
N.B. A similar piece to this one sold at a London auction towards the end of 2014 for £3750.