Tarantella French Art Deco Cold Painted Bronze Figurine Sculpture by Joe Descomps
This lovely figurine of a dancer, entitled Tarantella, by Joseph Jules Emmanuel Cormier, aka Joe Descomps (France, 1869-1950), features a cold-painted finish and white onyx stone pedestal. Mask in her left hand is missing and the index finger in her right hand has been shortened. 14 in tall. According to Christie's, Descomps was a well-known sculptor and jeweller who used casting, engraving and enamels to create exquisite jewellery. He received his training at Falguières under H. Hiolin, an engraver and metal designer. He was a member of the French Society of Artists and in 1889 he received an honourable mention for two small statues and three gold brooches. Descomps moved from his location on 399 Rue des Pyrénées to 37 Rue du Moulin-Vert in 1900. From this location, he exhibited jewelry cast by the firms Louchet and Rambour. In 1908, he participated in an exhibition at the Museum Galliera entitled "Precious Head Ornaments". His jewelry often depicted sculpted female forms within naturalistic floral and pastoral settings.