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Joel and Jan Martel (French, 1896-1966)

'Joueur ' Polo'

An extremely rare and important Art Deco bronze from a very small series cast in France in 2000 from the plaster maquette created in 1931. All existing casts of this bronze were created posthumously, none were cast from the original maquette in period. With a rich, dark patina the bronze is stamped 'III' / 'IV' and bears impressed words Susse Fondeur (Susse Fr'res Foundry) next to the foundry stamp to the deep, bronze s'cle.

Height: 24 inches (60 cm)
Width: 16 inches (41 cm)
Depth: 5 inches (13 cm).

The gifted Martel brothers have deservedly gained a reputation as artists of lasting significance. Working together, the twins successfully executed commissions of infinite variety, including fountains and monuments, featuring beautifully evocative Art Deco figures and animals. The maquette for 'Joueur ' Polo' can be seen, photographed with the Martel brothers in their atelier in the definitive book on their work, 'J'el et Jan Martel, Sculpteurs 1896-1966', published by Gallimard/Electa in 1996.

Price Code: £££££

Reference: 3544

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