Gold pendant with an openwork entrelac design from the drawing board of Archibald Knox and dating from circa 1905. Set with a central blister pearl drop and with a turquoise matrix lower drop, this pendant…
Ornately framed oil on canvas by the German born artist Dietz Edzard (1893-1963). This is an atmospheric half length portrait of an elegantly dressed young woman taking refreshment whilst seated on a verandah raised above…
Little cabinet vase from Loetz in opaque ‘Candia’ glass with a trefoil rim, further decorated with an applied Art Nouveau ‘Silberiris’ design in pure silver. Loetz collaborated with a company in the US known as…
Pewter flower dish from WMF with the original green cut glass removable liner. So Art Nouveau, with its flowing outline, featuring an openwork whiplash design framing leaves and berries of ivy. Originally electro-plated but most…
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‘Le Bendeur’ by J. De Roncourt*
This is an iconic Art Deco sculpture by Jean de Roncourt and arguably his most admired work.
The subject is an athletic male, wearing just a loincloth, straining to bend a large metal bar. He is seen leaning back with one leg extended in front of him and the other supporting his weight. His arms are outstretched to either end of the bar as he pulls the top part towards him while keeping the lower end firmly on the ground.
The quality of the casting is absolutely tip top and the clarity of detail – the man’s face, hair, hands etc. – is quite superb.
De Roncourt was and still is regarded as the premier sculptor of the male form during the Art Deco era.
Made of spelter with a lovely bronze hued patina, and set on a black marble base measuring an impressive 72 X 17 cm. Around 56 cm high to the top of the bar. Signed in the marble.