The Curtsy: A beautiful gilt bronze & ivory figure by the well listed French artist D. Alonzo, circa 1910. Dominique Alonzo was born in Paris in the late nineteenth century, and exhibited at the "Salon des Artistes Français" from 1912 to 1926. He is accredited with being one of the first and most notable sculptors to bring Chryselephantine sculpture into twentieth century Parisian fashion.
The bronze figure has a gleaming gold finish, with a slight hint of red. The young woman raises her skirt as she makes a curtsey. The very realistically carved ivory face is immaculate: from the slender nose and supple lips, to her high cheek bones. Her hair is whimsically braided in buns to both sides of her head. This particular example is an early rendition of the subject, judging by the clean casting and particularly well rendered face, which was certainly carved by Alonzo himself. Later castings were produced by the Etling foundry, with other carvers doing most of the work (many of these later renditions don't have the gentle facial features that Alonzo was known for). The figure stands on the original white onyx plinth. Signed "D. Alonzo" to the back of the skirt.
Condition: Excellent, original condition! A pristine example! The bronze has been left untouched and unpolished, as it should be.
Measurements: Total 8 1/4 in high x 3 in (21 cm x 7.5 cm). Figure alone is 7 1/4 in high (18.5 cm).
Literature: This bronze, with the same type base, is illustrated in Bryan Catley's "Art Deco and Other Figures," Woodbridge, England, 2003, P. 27.
Item ID: 112
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