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"Satyr Playing Pipes," Rare Art Deco Sculptural Panel by Chambellan for Alcoa



This rare and striking Art Deco bas relief panel, sculpted by Rene Chambellan, was commissioned and cast by the Aluminum Company of America, which we now know as Alcoa, to promote aluminum as an artistic and architectural medium. Chambellan was one of the two or three most important sculptors creating bas relief panels, grills and other decorative elements for America's Art Deco buildings in the 1920s and 1930s. He is best known today for his work at Rockefeller Center in New York: a set of dolphin fountain heads, and a massive figure of Atlas in collaboration with Lee Lawrie. He was also a superb medalist, and is well known today for creating the Newbery medal (for excellence in children's literature) and the Caldecott medal (for excellence in children's book illustration).


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.75 in. (29.85 cm)Width: 11.75 in. (29.85 cm)Depth: .5 in. (1.27 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920s
  • Condition
    The metal has been coated with a silvery paint, and two small holes have been drilled in the upper edge to enable hanging.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865118120192

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    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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