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Art Deco Sculpture of a Bear by Martel



This highly stylized modernist sculpture of a bronze bear provides a rare opportunity to own a piece by some of the most fascinating sculptors in history. Jan and Joel Martel were an avant-garde team born in Nantes, France. They were identical twins who worked and lived together and had a matched aesthetic that combined abstract cubism with realism and whimsy that produced fanciful interpretations of animals, dancers and musicians. They did small decorative pieces as well as monumental sculptures and fountains, including work for the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris and the Olympics of 1948. They worked in glass, marble, plaster, aluminum, silver and bronze in a wide variety of finishes and colors. The bear statue is classically patinated bronze. In many ways, their designs focused on one essential feature of an animal and this sculpture exaggerates the pointed nose and outstretched neck of the bear as its “symbol”. The subtle signature on the base is their unique monogram that can also be seen on their letterhead.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)Width: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Oakland, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 27641stDibs: LU871417684971

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    Ships From: Oakland, CA
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