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Alexandre Kéléty
ACTIVE 1918 - 1940
HUNGARIAN
TIREUR À L'ARC (ARCHER)
signed: Kéléty and inscribed: ETLiNG. Paris
bronze, green and red-gilt patina, on a veined green marble base
111cm., 43 5/8 in. overall
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Provenance

Artcurial, Paris, 22 November 2005, lot 52;
private collection, Switzerland

Catalogue Note

The Hungarian born French sculptor Alexandre Kéléty was responsible for some of the most elegant examples of Art Deco sculpture, many of which were exhibited at the 1925 Paris Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes and the 1937 Paris Exposition universelle. The present model shows a stylised archer in a dynamic pose, his billowing drapes harmoniously echoing the undulating shape of the bow. It relates to the sculptor's other action group, The Charioteer (Arwas, op. cit., pp. 116-117). A cast of the present model illustrated by Arwas has a very similar square marble base with rounded corners, though in red Brescian marble (op. cit., p. 115). Casts of the Tireur à l'Arc are rare at auction. Another of the same dimensions, without the marble base, sold at Christie's New York on 12 June 2003 for $160,000.

RELATED LITERATURE
V. Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992, pp. 115-117

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