Help identify this 12" Bronze Statue, D.H. CHIPARUS, signed and numbered 8/75. I want the TITLE or NAME of this piece. I have searched the internet for 4 days and can find nothing.
Demetre Haralamb Chiparus (16 September 1886 in Dorohoi, Romania – 22 January 1947 in Paris, France) was a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris.
Sculptures of Dimitri Chiparus represent the classical manifestation of Art Deco style in decorative bronze ivory sculpture. Traditionally, four factors of influence over the creative activity of the artist can be distinguished: Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, ancient Egyptian art, and French theatre. Early motion pictures were among his more notable subjects and were typified by figures with a long, slender, stylized appearance. Some of his sculptures were directly inspired by Russian dancers.
Most of his renowned works were made between 1914 and 1933.
Since the early 1940s almost no works of Chiparus were sold but he continued sculpting for his own pleasure, depicting animals in the Art Deco style.
However, this statue appears to be too "new" and I find the dark highliting of her clothes etc amateurish, I strongly suspect it's a modern copy, a signature and number mean very little since copies will have both and with the original artist long dead, there would be no one who would likely be able to sue.
I also strongly suspect it's a copy because there's at least 34 signed Chiparus bronzes right now for sale on Ebay, from $99;
This sculpture is in a very good condition.
Bronze Dimensions with Marble Base:Height 17" x Width 8"
Marble Dimensions: 7 1/2" X 5".
Height without base: 16"
Weight : 17 LBS
A graceful Art Deco Bronze Dancer on Marble base, Artist signed by D.H. Chiparus. This Lady Dancer wearing a long dress in a beautiful variation, wearing also a nice cap - an absolute worth seeing exhibit. The result is a high impression bronze dancer. Sculpture, stand on right tiptoe, below her, a round formed multi shift marble base. Bronze cast, finest museum quality. Artist signed by D.H. Chiparus.
Starting bid:US $119.00
VINTAGE LARGE ART DECO DANCER DIMITRI CHIPARUS BRONZE SCULPTURE SIGNED FIGURE
That particular one on Ebay says it's 17 pounds $119, there's no way that is real bronze when the raw metal alone for 17 pounds worth costs more than this dealer is selling this for. I'm sure these on Ebay are made in China or Mexico from scrap brass.