Sculptors

Alexandre Ouline was a fine Art Deco sculptor, born in Belgium, working in France. Ouline worked for a very brief period (1918-1940), making his pieces highly collectable. He was known for his fine figural and bust bronze statues.

Briand & Derenne is a pseudonym for Marcel Bouraine and produced by the Le Verrier foundry. Figurines signed with the pseudonym where bird and hoop lady.

Claire Jeanne Roberte – Colinet Belgian sculptor. She was born in Brussels 1910 to 1940. Exhibited at the Salon des Independents 1937. Famous for the Juggler and other bronze and ivory work. Her work is very desirable by collectors.

Dauvergne French sculptor working mainly in spelter (white metal) during the 1920’s – 1930’s. Famous for his Dianne & Ibex.

Decoux, Michel 1837 – 1924, Belgian artist famous for her streamlined animals mainly Panthers in bronze, but some spelters. Her figurines were of very good quality.

Demetre Chiparus born in Romania in 1909. He went to Italy where he attended the classes of Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli.

The first sculptures of Chiparus were created in the realistic style and were exhibited at the Salon of 1914. He employed the combination of bronze and ivory to great effect. Most of his renowned works were made between 1914 and 1933. The first series of sculptures manufactured by Chiparus were the series of children. The mature style of Chiparus took shape beginning of the 1920s. His sculptures are remarkable for their bright and outstanding decorative effect. Dancers of the Russian Ballet the French theatre, and early motion pictures were among his more notable subjects and were typified by a long, slender, stylized appearance. His work was influenced by an interest in Egypt after Tutankhamens tomb was excavated. Demetre Chiparus died in 1947 and was buried in Bagneux cemetery, just south of Paris. His works The Dolly Girls just sold for over three hundred thousand pounds. His work is probably the most sought after and expensive to obtain.

Denis A French sculptor who worked mainly at the Le Verrier foundry in Paris. Famous for his Scarf Dancer.

Enrique Molins-Balleste was born in Barcelona, a Spanish artist who later moved to Paris. Famous for his figural lighting.

Fayral and Guerbe were two pseudonyms used by the famous Pierre Le Faguays. Fayral and Guerbe were both the family names for his mother and his wife. Le Faguays was born in Nantes, France and became famous for the originality he gave his dancers, He became best friends with Max Le Verrier and the Le Verrier foundry were most of his pieces was made.

Geo Maxim is a French artist producing mostly pieces in spelter (white metal) with a few bronzes, terracotta’s and ceramic pieces. He designed mainly ladies and figural lamps and clocks.

George Raoul Garreau (1885 to 1955 ) was a French Artist and Sculptor (1885-1955). He was famous for his Art Deco sculptures in the 1930’s of bronze animals, women and men.

Gual Jamie Jacobs Francisco Obach Sabartes Maria Orami i Gual “Yes that’s his full name” always signed his work H Gual as the J in Jamie becoming an H as the name is pronounced with an H in his native Spanish language. He is well known for his bronze sculptures often working with Henri-Paul Rey for the bases. He was a personal friend of Pablo Picasso, and had his portrait painted by Picasso.

Ignacio Gallo was born in Valladolid, Spain in the 19th century. He worked between 1910 – 1935 in Paris specialising in statuettes of bathers, dancers, nudes and pagan goddesses.

Irenee Rochard born 1906 in Rhone France and died in Paris 1984. French sculptural working mainly on   sculptures, although she did make a few female figurines too. Worked mainly in spelter but also some bronzes. She won her first award when she was just 22 for a full size Panther. She won numerous other awards from the French Artists Society in the 1930’s and ’40s.

Janle another sculptor who worked at the Le Verrier foundry, Paris during the 1920’s.

Joe de Roncourt famous for his sculptures of men in the 1920’s.

Josef Lorenzl born 1st September 1892 in Vienna, Austria.

Lorenzl started working as an artist and sculpture in a foundry in Vienna where he became a master in bronze casting and sculptures of some of the best figurines of the Art deco period.

From the foundry in Vienna he produced bronze and chryselephantine (bronze and ivory) sculptures, mainly in the female form. His sculptures where of beautiful young girls with slim long, elegant legs and arms. Most pieces at this time was signed “Enzl” or “Lor” Some of his figurines where painted by a friend Crejo with vibrant colors and floral design.

During the war Lorenzl worked with spelter and designed many figurines, most pieces were not signed. Some figurines where incorporated into clocks, lamps and lighters amongst other things. Lorenzl also made sculptures of dancing girls and naked young ladies with scarfs. Metal was becoming scares at this time so many sculptures turned from bronze to making sculptures in spelter.

Later in his career he move back Vienna where he met his long term buddy Dakon. They both worked for the Goldscheider in 1924 creating works of art in ceramic, including the famous bat lady and wall masks. On the 15th August 1950 Lorenzl pasted away. Lorenzl figurines are highly sought after. His pieces are in high demand and commend a high price.

For me Lorenzl is my favorite artist as is Dakon. His work captures the life and times of the Art Deco period and the symbolic form of a slender and elegant pose of the female body.

Le Verrier was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, in 1891. From an early age he showed great promise as an artist and sculptor. After serving in the French army during World War I, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. During his studies in Switzerland he met fellow sculptors Pierre le Faguays and Marcel Bouraine.

He returned to Paris in 1919, and founded his own studio. His first popular sculpture the famous ‘Pelican’ was the first of a long line of animal figures that bore his name. Le Verrier was awarded a Gold medal for his sculptures at the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition des Artole  Décoratifs et Industriels. In 1926 le Verrier opened his own foundry casting pieces for French sculptors including Pierre Le Faguays, Marcel Bouraine, Janle, Denis, and Charles.

His work has gained a reputation for very high quality, exceptional detailing and accuracy. The foundry only cast in spelter At the same time as running his foundry, le Verrier continued to sculpt his own creations, and in the 1920’s he became famous for his studies of woman as part of the Art Deco era’s fascination with the ideal female form. His female figures are characterised by a lithe athleticism and perfect symmetry; and are highly regarded and much sought after. Le Verrier continued working throughout the 1930’s – receiving a medal of honor at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 – before being arrested in 1944 for his resistance activities against the Nazi-backed regime. He reopened his studio after World War II, and continued to sculpt until his death in 1973.

Marcel Bouraine born in Pontoise, France, he was self-taught and also exhibited at all the main Paris salons. Best known for his chryselephantine figures he also made full bronzes and figural groups, many with a classical theme – like Diana the Huntress or his famous Amazonian Diana with shield and spear.

Moreau August born 1834 in Dijon France and died 1917, he worked as a sculptor and specialised in figures, better known for his Art Nouvea figurines mainly in marble. He made his debut at the 1861 Salon in Paris.

Morin Georges studied from 1892 to 1896 at the Berlin Academy of Arts, where he was a student of Ernst Herter and Peter Breuer. Upon successful graduation, he went to study in Paris. From there he toured Italy and England before returning to Berlin. Morin was a member of the Arts District deputation of the Association of Visual Artists and the Reich Association of Visual Artists in Berlin. He presented his work extensively to the public.

M Secondo late nineteenth / early twentieth century artist famous  sculptor of the Art Deco period. Especially sought after for his animal creations and Diana brilliantly performed and great realism.

Pierre Le Faguays Nantes August 29th 1892 to September 8th 1962 Paris. He studied under James Vibert. First Exhibition at the Salon of the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1922. Awarded an Honorable Mention in 1926. Another Honorable Mention in the Sculpture in 1927. Member and Founder, with M.Bouraine, of the “Stele and Evolution Group” where he worked in collaboration with Sibylle May, and Edouard Cazaux. He has performed numerous Monuments, and public Statuary. Very prolific and original (for the Subjects, it is inspired by the Statue of “Tanagra”) has achieved his Sculptures in Bronze, Bronze and Ivory, Marble, Terracotta, Stone, Alabaster. He worked for Editors: Arthur Goldscheider, Edmond Etling, Les Neveux de J Lehmann, EM Ollier, Max Le Verrier. He has exhibited in Paris at ‘Expositions des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels with two Groups of Sculptures exhibited in Hall of A. Goldscheider. Also exposes Two Sculptures in Bronze, to ‘International Exhibition of Paris in 1937. A French sculptor of lithe female figures, monuments, ceramics and figurative lamps working in Art Deco style.

Stefan Dakon (1904–1992) was an Austrian artist who worked in close association with Josef Lorenzl, producing many elegant bronze figurines. Dakon’s models were used among others by members of the association of bronze producers “Wiener Bronze” (“Vienna Bronze”), as well as by the famous ceramics manufacturer Goldscheider from Vienna. Stefan also designed figurines for the Austrian ceramics company Keramos.

Susse Freres Foundry started casting bronze in 1839 under the direction of Michel Victor Susse and Amedee Susse who were brothers. The foundry published a six page catalogue of sculpture in that year.  They produced ornaments for furniture and clocks as well as statues. In 1847 They obtained the permission to use the Sauvage procedure of reduction which was similar to the one invented by Achille Collas, cofounder of the Barbedienne foundry.  In the years following Susse Freres contracted with several French sculptors including Pierre Le Faguays, Jacquemart, Duret, and Moigniez to produce their editions.  Michel Victor Susse died in 1860 leaving Amedee as the sole director of the foundry until 1880 when Albert Susse became the director.  The Susse Freres foundry purchases the models of Pierre Jules Mene and Auguste Cain in 1895 after Cain’s death and also contracted with Pierre Nicholas Tourgeneff to produce his editions.  At the turn of the century Susse Freres opened a large new retail shop at 13 Boulevard de Madeleine to sell their items which had expanded to include inkwells, candelabras and clocks, as well as sculptures. The company continued to be run after Albert Susse’s death by his son Jacques Susse and then by Albert’s grandson Andre Susse. Andre Susse died in 1961 and his widow continues to run the business using both the sand cast and lost wax method of foundry casting until the mid 1970’s.

Uriano There is very little information available on Uriano, believed to be a French sculptor who produced large figurines in spelter. Well known for her Diana and Ibex figurine group and lady figures as clocks and lamps.

Zoltan LiszaiI-Kovats famous Hungarian artist and sculptor born in Budapest on 3 January 1883 and died in Brussels on 9 December 1952.