CARVED LIMESTONE SCULPTURE OF FEMALE NUDE - ON PERIOD MARBLE PEDESTAL

by Louis-Pierre Rigal (1889-1955)
France, 1924


30" high; 10 ¼" wide; 8 ¼" deep

This wonderful large limestone sculpture is of a female nude with head to the side and long flowing hair.

Inscribed RIGAL 24.

Louis Pierre Rigal was born in France in 1889. The son of an engraver, he trained with Baschet and emerged as a painter and sculptor. He won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome in 1919 and sojourned in the Villa Medici at the same time as Janniot and Dupas. He collaborated regularly with Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, notably in creating the ceiling fresco Les Neufs Symphonies for the Grand Salon of the Pavillon du Collectionneur in the Exposition Internationale des Arts Industriels et Décoratifs Modernes, Paris, 1925. In 1923, he exhibited in the Salon d'Automne of 1922 and the Salon des Artistes Français, where he was a member. In 1932, he showed his paintings in the galerie Charpentier, exhibiting alongside François Pompon.
Rigal created lobby mosaics and murals for the Waldorf Astoria and Chanin Building in New York and the Palmer House in Chicago.

Literature:
Emmanuel Breon & Rosalind Pepall, Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, Somogy editions d'art, Paris, 2004, p. 31 for the sculpture in situ in a Ruhlmann commode.

$95,000 - Inv. #105