Lot n° 50
3000 - 4000
Result with fees
: 7 599EUR
GEORGES BASTARD (1881-1939)
The Camellias, circa 1920-1930
A goldfish mother-of-pearl broken type fan, tinted mauve, carved in bas-relief with white camellia flowers. The hearts enhanced with gold.
The plume replaced. Original tan ribbon.
H.t. 21,5 cm
Originally from Andeville in the Oise region, an important cradle of tablettery in France, Georges Bastard comes from a line of fan sculptors. He exercises his talent on horn and mother-of-pearl essentially. He creates boxes and small objects, and many fans. From the beginning of the 20th century, he is considered as the "renovator of the fan". In 1909, the Gazette des Beaux-arts wrote "M. Bastard has made mother-of-pearl his domain. He enriches, if he can, this silky, sunny material, by tinting it, but without making the play of its changing reflections disappear".
In 1911, Pierre Calmettes wrote "Really Bastard manages to play with the iridescent hues of mother-of-pearl as painters play with the oily colours of their palette. A mother-of-pearl fan by Bastard is a work of art and a beautiful work of art". in "L'Eclectique", Art et industrie, March 1911, np.
This fan is completely new and has no known equivalent in public or private collections. The preparatory drawing, in his hand, is now kept in a private collection.
A certificate of authenticity written by one of Georges Bastard's granddaughters will be given to the buyer.
Read René Chavance, "Georges Bastard", in Art et décoration, July-December 1927, p. 1-10.
And "Le panthéon des tabletiers, Georges Bastard", and Portraits of Georges Bastard" in "L'éventail, matières d'excellence", Méru, Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie, 2016.
We would like to thank Clara Scrève, doctoral student in art history, working on the artist and his work, for the unpublished information she agreed to give us about this fan
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