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Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947), 'Alméria' a Rare and Iconic Cold-Painted Bronze and Carved Ivory Sculpture, circa 1925. 63cm high, signed to base 'Chiparus', the seperate display stand 97cm high. Estimate: £200,000-300,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Gatsby’s dazzling world will be recreated in a London saleroom when art works and furniture from the sparkling art deco era are sold in the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale on Wednesday 19th June at Bonhams.

With Gatsby fever upon us, the roaring twenties jazz age is back in vogue. A host of dancing flapper girl studies lead the way in the auction with period furnishings and art deco lighting to complete the scene. This season, the fashion world has revived the shimmering beadwork, scarlet lips and modern clean cut lines of the art deco period. Bonhams now brings you the opulent interiors of Gatsby’s world to match.

Alméria, a rare and iconic bronze and ivory sculpture by Chiparus is the star of the sale, created circa 1925 and estimated at £200,000-300,000. Almeria is thought to be modelled on the ballerina and choreographer, Bronislava Nijinska, who was a pioneer in modernizing ballet. She is one of Chiparus’ most rare and visually dramatic studies. Only around five studies would have been produced due to the expense in creating the work.

Mark Oliver, Director of Decorative Arts department said, “Almeria is probably in the top three most desirable Chiparus figures ever produced and one that is rarely available at auction.”

Chiparus (1886-1947) was a Romanian sculptor and artist who lived and worked in Paris. French theatre, Russian ballet dancers and stars of early motion pictures were often the subject of his works.

Deco emerged in the interwar period when new technology was transforming culture. It is defined by modern geometric shapes and lavish decoration and influenced by futurism and cubism. The war had broken down rigid cultural barriers and propelled society into an exciting new age. A dizzy celebration of peacetime ensued.

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