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DUTCH MODERNISM: The Schiller-David Collection of Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco 1880-1930

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Amsterdam

A rare pair of engraved marble plaques designed by Chris Lebeau
executed circa 1920
engraved with a stylised cockerel standing against a gold-patinated background, mounted in modern oak frames to serve as fire screens
Quantity: 2
both with engraved designer's monogram
plaques each 55 x 40 cm, frames 78 x 47,5 x 24 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's Amsterdam 1987, sale AM0467 lot 778

Literature

Exh. cat. Lebeau, pp. 189 - 191, 212

Catalogue Note

The plaques here offered for sale are amongst the few sculptural works by Lebeau. Apart from two tombstones and a portrait in relief for private commissions, Lebeau is known to have designed various sculptural and decorative elements for the Asta film theatre in The Hague in 1920 - 1921. For this commission, Lebeau partly re-used designs he made several years earlier for a new building of the Socialist Party in The Hague which was never realised. The cockerel being a popular symbol of the socialists, as well as the trade mark of the Pathé film company, it is possible that the plaques here offered for sale originate from the sumptuous Asta Theater interior (dismantled and partly destroyed in the 1930's)

 

DUTCH MODERNISM: The Schiller-David Collection of Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco 1880-1930

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Amsterdam