ALBERT CHEURET – A UNIQUE VASE, CIRCA 1925 A UNIQUE VASE, CIRCA 1925 Bronze with a gilt-brown patina, cast with stylized overlapping vegetal motif, partly hammered Inscribed in the bronze Albert Cheuret, stamped AC and M (as “Modèle”) 21 cm. high Provenance This unique piece was in the artist’s collection and was acquired from his estate Probably the finest example of Cheuret’s hand-finished work of art Albert Cheuret studied sculpture under Jacques Perrin, then Georges Lemaire In his atelier close to the Champ-de-Mars, Paris, Cheuret both created his own designs and executed commissions for others. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français beginning in 1907. In 1922 he won the competition for a war memorial in Cannes which characterizes itself by a great mastery of bronze. The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels in Paris provided him with the opportunity to have his own exhibition. In his boutique on the Alexander III Bridge, he presented his creations including clocks, consoles and guéridons. He was celebrated for his lighting with naturalistic designs that was made of bronze with alabaster shades that frequently incorporated birds. The following year ten of his models were published in the French publication Le Luminaire. He also created mirrors and vases, most of them unique, with a talent for adapting animal and plant subjects into strong, pure yet gracious forms. Works of art by Cheuret are found in the most prestigious Art Déco collections, including the Yves St Laurent & Pierre Bergé Collection and the Karl Lagerfeld Collection. Our vase is a unique piece, and we only know of one other example of this design in smooth silvered bronze. It is a brilliant example of Cheuret’s naturalistic and geometric inspiration, as an expression of his appeal for the exotic.