FRENCH ART DECO PAIR OF CHRYSELEPHANTINE BOOKENDS

by Marcel-André Bouraine (1886-1948)
France, circa 1920's


9 7/8" high; 3 1/4" wide; 2 1/4" deep

Silvered bronze marabouts with ivory beaks on a green marble pedestal.

Impressed Bouraine/ 127/ MADE IN FRANCE.

Marcel-Andre Bouraine (1886-1948) trained under Jean-Alexandre-Joseph Falguire who had reintroduced and emphasized realism in 19th century sculpture. In 1922, Bouraine exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries and then the following year at the Salon d'Automne. He made small-scaled sculptures for several French firms including Susse Freer, La Verrier and Arthur Goldscheider, often exhibiting with the latter's La Stele and l'Evolution groups. In 1928 Gabriell Argy-Rousseau commissioned many figurines from Bouraine, mostly female nudes, but also a fountain and an illuminated group all made in colored, translucent pate de verre. Then he completed 2 major commissions for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition, a colored cement low relief for a fountain at the Crafts center and an earthenware statue representing ceramics for the Sèvres Pavillion.

Exhibition Only - Inv. #466