Signed in the bronze Albert Cheuret. Height 54,2 cm.
Obetydliga sprickor i alabastern.
Original box enclosed.
Please compare Christie's Sale 1209, 'Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé' Paris, 23 - 25 February 2009, lot # 284 sold for €157,000 including buyer's premium (estimate €50,000 - €60,000)
ALBERT CHEURET (b 1884)
Not much is known about the Art Déco sculptor. He exhibited sculptures at the 1907 'Salon des Artistes' and also furniture with bronze fittings often combined with alabaster.
A few years later Cheuret had his own exhibition area at the 'Exposition Universelles à Paris 1925'. There he introduced himself as a sculptor – decorator and he was showing bronzes such as mantel clocks, Egyptian style or with birds and animals, consoles and guéridons. His most favourable objects seemed to be different kinds of light fixtures. He showed celing lamps, wall scones, floor- and table lamps. The following year ten of his models were published in the French publication 'Le Luminaire'.
The different lamp fixtures contain a restraint elegance and the bronze fittings are, sometimes with a silver or a green patina, shaped as different kinds of ferns (as on the actual one) or other plants.
His works are easy to identify due to their distinct appearance. Works of art by Cheuret are found in many of the most distinguished Art Déco collections, for example in the Yves St Laurent & Pierre Bergés Collection (mentioned above) and also in the Karl Lagerfeld Collection, sold in Paris in 1975.