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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION

Edgar Brandt
A RARE PAIR OF ANDIRONS
Estimation
35 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 56,250 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION

Edgar Brandt
A RARE PAIR OF ANDIRONS
Estimation
35 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 56,250 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Design

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Edgar Brandt
A RARE PAIR OF ANDIRONS
one andiron stamped E.BRANDT
the other stamped FRANCE/E.BRANDT and E.BRANDT
crossbar stamped E.BRANDT/FRANCE and E.BRANDT
patinated wrought-iron
22 x 12 1/2  x 19 inches (56 x 31.8 x 48.3 cm)
circa 1931
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Provenance

Private American Collection, acquired circa 1950
Thence by descent to the present owner

Bibliographie

Joan Kahr, Edgar Brandt:  Art Deco Ironwork, Atglen, PA, 2010, pp. 135 (for snakes andirons with a similar crossbar), 190-191 (for a related wrought-iron snake motif)

Description


Distinguished by their dynamic composition and remarkable sculptural presence, this rare pair of andirons was likely created by Edgar Brandt in the context of the 1931 Exposition Coloniale in Paris. The exhibition was organized by Maréchal Lyautey, Brandt’s friend from the First World War, to showcase the diverse cultures and resources of France's colonies.  Each andiron displays a figure fending off a swarm of seven snakes, playing to the European curiosity about wild, exotic lands, and making reference to the very origin of humanity with the biblical number seven.


Sotheby's is grateful for the assistance of Joan Kahr in authenticating and cataloguing this lot.

Important Design

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