Early design highlights at auction

Publié par Blouin Art Info


‘Shiva’, a bronze and ivory figure by Demetre Chiparus

This large polychrome-patinated bronze and ivory figure, Shiva, a model created around 1928 by the master of the exotic, Demetre Chiparus, realised €100,000 (£87,720) in an auction held at Drouot by Tessier Sarrou on June 1.

The seated, cross-legged, figure, 22in (56cm) high including the onyx base, was inspired, like many of Chiparus’ subjects, by the dancers of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes which took Europe by storm in the early decades of the 20th century.

It was the top-priced lot in this broad-brush decorative arts offering that took in everything from Gallé and Guimard to Perriand and Ponti.