Figurines

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The most beautiful objects from the Art Deco period. Art Deco Figurines from Chiparus, Lorenzl, Stephen Dakan, Le Verrier, Perrie Faguays, Claire Colinet and many more artists.

We only collect and sell Spelter, Bronze and Ivory and Bronze also known as “chryselephantine”.

Spelter is a cheaper metal made up of several metals including copper, zinc, lead etc also know as white metal because underneath the enamel paint or patina it is white. Artists started using these metals as a replacement for bronze as it cheaper and was more affordable for the general public. Spelter figures range from £100 to £2500.

Bronze and Chryselephantine figurines are a lot more expensive and the detail in the work is more defined. Bronze figurines can range from £1000 to £10,000 and in some case £100,000’s.

 


 

The Sunday Telegraph 2008
The Art of Investing
28th July 2008

If you feel stocks and shares are too risky, art may be the answer.

Rick Blears and his partner Ruth Shearn have avoided investing their extra cash in property or stocks and bonds. They’d much rather their “investments” be placed around the house for their enjoyment. And with property prices heading south and markets uncertain, they have no regrets in choosing to invest in art deco figures and objet d’art rather than bricks and mortar. Blears is a partner with Altrincham-based public relations firm RMS PR, and Shearn, who is also his business partner, is managing director of the firm.
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“When I first met Ruth 20 years ago, she had some art deco ceramics. She liked them. We bought one figure together, and I got the bug,” Blears said. “We started buying more deco, bought a few figures in the £1,000-£2,000 range. If we had spare money, we’d buy something nice.”

Today, Blears and Shearn have 30 art deco objects, 23 of which are art deco figures. Since the late 1980s, they’ve spent £15,000 on their collection, which Blears estimates to now be worth £50,000-£55,000.

“We inadvertently trebled our money. And we’ve had some fun doing it,” he said.

But Blears and Shearn got into acquiring art deco pieces at the right time, before it became popular, which boosted the value of the objects they had spent a few thousand pounds to acquire several times over.

“In the late 1980s, there was a surge of interest. Elton John started doing it and there was a lot of interest as a result, particularly among the gay community,” Blears said.

“And then the Russian oligarchs started buying. A lot of the figures are of the Ballets Russes. The Russians have been buying them merrily with their bottomless pockets. Figures have gone for £20,000, £30,000, £40,000,” he said. “This has been a terrific investment for people who got in early.”