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Lot 103

Sevres, after a design by Francois Pompon Art Deco model of a striding polar bear, circa 1926

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Lot 103

Sevres, after a design by Francois Pompon
Art Deco model of a striding polar bear, circa 1926

Price Realised: £18,200

Estimate: £200 - £300

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 103


Sevres, after a design by Francois Pompon

Art Deco model of a striding polar bear, circa 1926
Glazed ceramic
Underside with impressed stamp 'S / SEVRES / MADE IN / FRANCE' and inscribed 'Rb'
21cm high

A similar life-size sculpture in marble is held at The Met Museum, New York with the following note:

Francois Pompon, circa 1923:

Classically trained at the École des beaux-arts and the École nationale des arts décoratifs in Paris, the sculptor Pompon was a frequent exhibitor at official French salons, and a studio assistant to Auguste Rodin from 1890 to 1897. At the age of 67, he first showed a life-sized plaster sculpture of a striding polar bear at the 1922 Salon d’automne, the popularity of which led him to produce related models in a variety of sizes, from table-top to full-scale, and in a range of media including plaster, porcelain, marble, and bronze.

As a genre, animalier sculpture—depictions of animals—reached its height in mid-nineteenth century France. The public taste for it, however, lasted well into the twentieth, even if principally as a form of decoration. Indeed, Polar Bear was a favorite model of Pompon’s friend, the renowned decorator Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who featured it prominently in many of his interiors—most notably his widely-visited room settings at the 1925 Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, the vast and influential state-sponsored design fair in Paris that today lends its name to the Art Deco style.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

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ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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