Lucille Sévin

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Lucille Sévin

‘The Dancers'

FRANCE, Circa 1930

REF No. B69060

Signed to the bronze base 'L. Sévin’ and 'ETLING, Paris'.


Height :52 cm | 32¹/₂ in
Width :40 cm | 15³/₄ in
Depth :13 cm | 5¹/₈ in


'The Dancers', An Exceptional Chryselephantine Ivory and Cold Painted Bronze Art Deco Figural Group by Lucille Sévin for Etling.

This exceptional chryselephantine figural group depicts a male and female dancer each with outstretched arms and elaborate costumes in the manner of the Ballet Russe. The figures are finely cast in gilt and patinated bronze with cold painted highlights; the wonderfully expressive faces and hands finely carved from ivory. The group is raised on a portor marble base.

Originally chryselephantine referred to gold and ivory statuary as produced by the ancient Greeks. It came however to be used as a descriptive term for the luxurious combination of bronze and ivory employed by sculptors during the 1920's and 1930's, the ivory representing the exposed flesh and the bronze the clothing.

Edmond Laurent Etling founded the firm of Etling in 1909. His foundry produced very fine ornamental items including bronze, and bronze and ivory statues, ceramics and glass. He had a shop in Paris at 29 rue de Paradis where his most exclusive art objects were sold. Etling represented world-famous sculptors and artists like Dimitri Chiparus, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sévin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud- Rivière and Marcel Guillard. These artists were all leading members of the French Modern Art movement.

By creating a retail business outlet, Etling played a significant role in encouraging the artists to develop the style that later became known as Art Deco. Etling pieces are famous for their innovative design and quality and are highly sought after.

** Adrian Alan Ltd is committed to the protection of elephants and preventing the illegal trade in ivory. All of the items that we offer for sale are antiques over 100 years old and of genuine artistic, cultural or historical value. The inclusion of ivory, de minimis in this figural group, is as an original constituent part of an antique over 100 years old and created pre-CITES convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - 3 March 1947). We do not support the trade in modern ivory in any way.


Lucille Sévin was a very accomplished sculptor particularly known for her fine bronze figures and relief plaques.
Actively working from 1920-1940 she exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a bronze medal in 1932, a silver medal in 1937 and a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris the same year.
As well as sculpting exceptional bronze and ivory figures Lucille Sévin also designed a number of opaline glass sculptures of dancers, which were made by the Choisy-Le-Roi glass works. The figures often depicted famous celebrities of the day, such as the dancer Isadora Duncan. Inspired by the Ballet Russe and the exotic dancers from around the world that were drawn to Paris, with its ardour for Jazz and hedonistic distraction, dancers were particularly popular subjects in the Art Deco period.

Makers Bibliography:
Bryan Catley, Art Deco and Other Figures, Antique Collectors Club, (Woodbridge, UK) 1984, p. 293.
Arwas, Victor, Art Deco, Academy Editions, (London), 1980 p. 250.


Gallagher, Fiona, Christies’s Art Deco, Pavilion Books (London) 2002, pp. 61, 139, 141.

Catley, Bryan, Art Deco and Other Figures, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 1984, p. 293. Arwas, Victor, Art Deco, Academy Editions (London), 1980, p. 250.

Lucille Sévin

‘The Dancers'

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