"Dandy", bronze sculpture | Pierre Le Faguays
ITEM #: 907KUT31A
"DANDY" ART DECO BRONZE SCULPTURE BY PIERRE LE FAGUAYS (FRENCH, 1892-1962)
Cold-painted bronze; France, circa 1925
Item # 907KUT31A
A fine cold-painted bronze and carved Chryselephantine figure titled "Dandy" by Pierre Le Faguays, this expertly conceived and cast sculpture depicts a young man smartly dressed with his cap tucked under one arm in a motion that suggests an invitation to dance. An example included in Catley's reference work on the period (p. 193, see attached image) shows this figure with a pair of bronze scissors in his outstretched hand, though the present example does not have scissors or any indication inside of the hand that it may have had anything of the sort.
Beyond the incredibly crisp carving, the casting and patination of the body and garment are exquisite. The complex mixture of stains, chemical patination, cold-painting and burnishing results in such a variety of surfaces suitable to this colorful character. He is situated over an original marble base signed on the back corner Le Faguays.
Born in Nantes, France in 1892, Pierre Le Faguays studied under Vibert and specialized in Art Deco figures. He worked with a rich variety of materials, including a variety of Chryselephantine figures, extensively in bronze but also working metal, wood and stone with equal competence. He produced models under the pseudonym "Fayral" and is believed to also be the sculptor behind the pseudonym Raymond Guerbe. While he is best known for his cabinet bronzes, he also worked with the film industry creating statuary and relief for film sets.
Literature & Further Reading:
- Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest, 1988, p. 478
- The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackay, 1977, p. 228t
- Art Deco and Other Figures, Bryan Catley, 1978, p. 192-199, present figure depicted p. 193 [noted as "Dandy" and having been produced in three editions: 24 3/4" x 18" x 12 1/4"; shown with scissors in outstretched hand]
- Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders, 1800-1930, Harold Berman, 1981, 13 figures depicted through the four volume work
Measurements: 15 5/8" H x 7" W x 6 1/4" D [figure]; 18" H total; base is 7 3/4" D x 5" W
Possibly missing a pair of scissors in his outstretched hand (see Forrest, p. 193); the abruptness at the end of his ponytail hints at a missing ponytail tip, though stylized incising along the edge suggest this may be original. Otherwise excellent original condition.