JOUEUR DE POLO BRONZE SCULPTUREby Jan Martel (1896-1966) and Joel Martel (1896-1966)
France, conceived 1929 & cast 2002
23 3/4" high; 23 5/8" wide; 4 ½" deep
This bronze sculpture with black patina was made posthumously from the original with permission of the family.
Impressed JJ MARTEL/ SUSSE FONDEUR PARIS/ cachet/ 2002/ 4/8.
Twin brothers Jan and Joël Martel were avant-garde sculptors who were among the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes. Their original works, Cubist in nature and of the Art Deco period, included ornamental sculptures, statues, monuments and fountains. The twin brothers shared the same workshop and jointly created works which they co-signed JJ MARTEL. They were best known for their four concrete Cubist “trees” designed for a garden setting in collaboration with architect Robert Mallet-Stevens at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industrial Modernes in Paris. They also exhibited at numerous Paris exhibitions including the Salons des Independents, Salons d’Automne, Salon des Tuileries and Salon Musicalistes. In 1932, they created a monument to the great French composer and musician Claude Debussy on boulevard Lannes in Paris. An exhibition was organized for their 100th anniversary of their birth in 1996 at the Hotel de Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, the Musee Despiau-Wlerick in Mont-deMarsan and the Musee d’Art et Industrie de Roubaix.
Anny Levy-Gutmann, "Joel et Jan Martel: Sculpteurs d'aujourd'hui," Art et Decoration, March 1934, p. 86.
Bruno Foucart, Christophe Vital, Emmanuel Breon, et al, Joel et Jan Martel: Sculpteurs 1896-1966, Gallimard/Electra, Paris, 1996, p.184.
Duncan, Alastair, Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s, Abrams, New York, 2009, p. 119.
$85,000 - Inv. #95