This is a magnificent large antique Italian Art Deco bronze sculpture of a semi-nude archer, by the famous Italian sculptor, Salvatore Melani (1902-1934) and bearing his signature, circa 1920 in date.
This stunning sculpture features the remarkable figure of a classical semi-nude archer with the bow in his left hand and his right hand drawing the bow back, and it bears the artist’s signature on his robes.The sculpture is raised on an attractive variegated grey marble plinth.
He is depicted with impressive facial expressions and body gestures in the act of determinedly and assertively aiming the bow. The sculptor has succeeded in conveying every little detail of the scene – the tight muscles of the warrior given by the tension of the act, a focused gaze and the legs stretching deep-rooted on the ground make us feel engaged with the scene and fully captivated.
This high-quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional “lost wax” process, otherwise known as the “cire perdue” method.
This is a splendid bronze sculpture and it will no doubt become the centrepiece of your Art Deco collection.
The attention to detail here is remarkable and this bronze is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 44 x Width 60 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 17.3 x Width 23.6 x Depth 7.9
Salvatore Melani was an Italian Impressionist & Modern sculptor who was born in 1902. Unfortunately his life was cut short and he died in 1934, at only 32 years of age.
Art Deco or Deco,
is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s.
It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Ageimagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.
Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style…[that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material…[and] the requirements of mass production”.
During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.
In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
Contrapposto is an Italian term that means counterpoise. It is used in the visual arts to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs in the axial plane.
Our reference: A1148