French Art Deco Max Le Verrier Bronze Key Holder Dish Zodiac Series | Taurus, Pisces, Cancer, Gemini, Scorpio | Catchall Dish Jewelry Tray
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「Features」 · By renowned French sculptor Max Le Verrier · Bronze cast. Heavy weight. · Signed and marked on the bottom · Stands on three feet · EACH DISH SOLD SEPERATELY. Selection includes: - Taurus - Pisces - Cancer - Gemini - Scorpio - Virgo - Greek head - January - The Swan
「Style Inspiration」 Don't miss your chance to own a wonderful piece of collectible art from a French Art Decor master!
A truly stunning series of bronze dishes sculpted and cast by Max Le Verrier circa 1930. Each has an intentional "antiqued" appearance, inspired by ancient Greek coinage. Most of them are from the Zodiac series, with the exception of a few others. On the back of the cup are the dates affected by the sign of the Zodiac and signed by Mr. Le Verrier.
It will make a great key holder, jewelry tray or catchall dish. Find your Zodiac or gift it as a special personalized gift!
「History」 Louis Octave Maxime Le Verrier was born of a jeweller's father on January 29, 1891 in Neully-sur-Seine and died on June 6, 1973 in Paris. His interest in the arts, and especially in drawing and sculpture, came early in his life.
In 1909, Max Le Verrier left for England and became interested in aviation. He passed the military patent and was sent to the front in 1915. Pilot and non-commissioned officer, he began painting and sculpture seriously, and met artists like Bardin. He entered the School of Fine Arts in Geneva.
At the armistice, Le Verrier returned to Paris, opened a workshop and made his first axe sculpture, "Pelican", in the style of the 1925s. It is signed "Artus", pseudonym of the artist.
In 1919, it was the creation of his publishing house, following a great success. He himself ensures the cast, the chiseling, the patina, and the sale of the works. Seven years later, he opened his own company. Success is present, the company grows, workers are hired. Through his sculptures, Le Verrier translates the fashions of the time, including the liberalisation of women, with its famous "clarity" of 1928, which depicts the woman with the "boy" (short hair,...). Her inspiration comes mainly from women, performing dancers, gymnasts. Parallel to this theme, it addresses that of animals.
During the Second World War, the artist was resistant, thus temporarily closing the studio. Upon liberation, he resumed trade, and directed it towards the creation of bronze objects: ashtrays, religious items, medals... Le Verrier opened his own studio in 1919 and won a medal at the famed 1925 Exposition in Paris that gave "Art Deco" its name. Later, he established a foundry that cast bronze sculptures for Pierre Le Faguays and Marcel Bourain, among others. Although Le Verrier experimented with other alloys, he continued to create pieces in bronze as well.
「Dimension」 4.2" L x 4.2" W x 0.7" H
「Condition」 Good vintage condition consistent with age. One chip on the lip. Inside of the bowl shows some cracking.