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Art Deco school. Les pleurs du Faune. Porcelain subject with polychrome enamel depicting a woman leaving a grieving faun. Height 25 cm - Width : 24 cm - Depth : 7 cm

Estim. 10 - 30 EUR

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Vitrine en réduction. - The curved front opens with a door. Cambered legs. Carved wood. Height : 58 cm.

Estim. 120 - 180 EUR

Tue 18 Jun

Lega statuette, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory, in elephantidea. Height 15.5 cm CIC n° FR2400200387 - K Provenance: Lourdmer-Poulain, Paris, June 8, 1978, no. 183 Private collection, acquired at this sale Sotheby's, Paris, June 22, 2016, no. 57 Private collection, Paris The ivory statues known as iginga were reserved exclusively for the highest-ranking initiates of the bwami association, the lutumbo lwa kindi. According to Bebuyck (in Tervuren, 1995: 381), they could also be passed on, and become an heirloom for a deceased relative after being displayed on his or her tombstone. Each is associated with a specific aphorism, "recalling the virtues of the initiates of past generations, they maintain the moral, social, legal and philosophical rules and norms upheld by their predecessors; they are the links between past and present generations [and finally constitute] sacra, sacred objects, filled with vital force" (idem). This statue is certainly one of the finest specimens of its type in the Lega ivory corpus. It is distinguished by the rarity of the type, its great vigor, the intensity of its expression and the beauty of its ornamentation. The stature of the proud, well-positioned figure is accentuated by the modeling and dimensions of the limbs, the thick bust and the muscularity of the legs. The red-brown patina is obtained during the kibongia masengo rite, during which the statues are anointed with oil and pigments, and perfumed. The very fine patina of the Rousseau collection example suggests that it was used for several generations.

Estim. 10 000 - 15 000 EUR

Thu 20 Jun

Showcase; Madrid, second half of the seventeenth century. Ebonized ribera wood with bone applications. Presents faults. Measurements: 105 x 74 x 38,5 cm. Showcase in ebonized riparian wood, with decorative details of marquetry and bone appliques. The structure, of architectural inspiration, is rectangular, with carved cornices at the base that rest on four legs. The upper body is topped with an openwork gallery as a balustrade. The Madrid school arose around the court of Philip IV first and then Charles II, and developed throughout the seventeenth century. Analysts of this school have insisted on considering its development as a result of the agglutinating power of the court; what is truly decisive is not the place of birth of the different artists, but the fact that they were educated and worked around and for a nobiliary and religious clientele located next to the royalty. This allows and favors a stylistic unity, although the logical divergences due to the personality of the members can be appreciated. In its origin, the Madrid school is linked to the rise to the throne of Philip IV, a monarch who made Madrid, for the first time, an artistic center. This meant an awakening of the nationalist conscience by allowing a liberation from the previous Italianizing molds to jump from the last echoes of Mannerism to Tenebrism. This will be the first step of the school, which in a gradual sense will walk successively until the achievement of a more autochthonous baroque language and linked to the political, religious and cultural conceptions of the monarchy of the Austrias, to go to die with the first outbreaks of rococo that are manifested in the production of the last of its representatives.

Estim. 1 500 - 1 300 EUR