At the turn of
the Century, between 1900 - 1930, there was an explosion of decorative art
products, architectural design and furniture design that popularized much of
Europe and the United States. It was the ART DECO PERIOD.
Thousands of statuettes inspired by the lifestyle of the times, by cabaret life,
by dance and entertainment were produced and sold as decorative objects in a
very broad and commercial market. Much has changed over the past 70 years and
many affects have depleted the vast inventory of Art Deco statuettes that once
was prevalent in homes and office buildings throughout Europe. World War II had
what could be said to be the most damaging affect on these items. Huge
quantities were lost due to the destructive nature of war and secondly, the
bronze material was needed for production of war weapons.
Over the years however, many pieces survived and may be seen today in rare
instances in museums. They are not available and private collectors have been
paying exorbitant prices for major pieces. Additionally, "non restricted estate
ivory"** today is still a difficult commodity to find, cultivate and turn into
Today, three quarters of
a century later a resurgence in the Art Deco style has been brought back
to life by Arnold Quinn Studios. A select grouping of masterpiece
chryselephantine sculptures have been lovingly and painstakingly recreated
by the expert craftsmen from Arnold Quinn Studios, using the original cast
molds by the artists of that time period.
Not a curve, a glance, a
nuance is lost. It presents a marvelous opportunity for anyone who
appreciates the ultimate in Art Deco to possess a classic work of
No two figures are quite the same. Ivory is
exquisitely hand carved and frequently tinted, producing a variety of
different emotions and expressions. Bronze is colored through
application of patina or cold painting. Effects achieved are often of
classic proportions, with richness, a fleshiness and opulence that
simply has no equal. Such talents as Chiparus, Colinet, Preiss and
Poertzel worked their magic in the dashing Art Deco style.
Quinn Studios castings are of singular quality lost wax, bronze, and
hand carved ivory. Every care is taken to replicate the processes and
finish chase work of the original craftsmen. Additionally, many varied
techniques are employed to produce a variety of polychrome finishes each
piece requires. Bases are made using marble and onyx from the design
originally produced in Europe after the First World War.
Quinn Studios has conveyed to Encore Collection the exclusive right to
merchandise and sell a limited edition consisting of 250 sculptures of
62 sculpture images of the Art Deco / Art Nouveau period, after which
the molds for these will be destroyed. Each sculpture will bare a
foundry seal with a serial number correlating with a certificate of
authenticity and origin of legal ivory.
** All ivory used in the production of bronze and ivory sculptures by
Arnold Quinn Studios are all Mammoth Ivory and is under lawful