L’Atalante – Pierre Traverse

A large Amazon and Fawn by Pierre Traverse (1892 – 1979).

Highly desirable, rare and well known top quality art deco bronze statue.

Designed in 1927.

Dark brown patinated bronze.

A huge 30 inches (67cm) high.

Signed to the bronze socle base and marked with the Rudier foundry mark showing the snail logo.

I understand this same statue was produced by both the Rudier and the La Stelle foundries.

A 2.2 meter high L’Atalanta of the highest quality white marble was ordered by Randolf Hearst in 1927 and was once in the billionaires garden at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California. Despite searching through many photographs taken at Hearst Castle, I cannot see the statue in any of them so I suspect it has since been removed and placed into storage. The original order was damaged in transit and another was re-ordered by Hearst in 1931 at the cost of 85,000 francs, equivalent to £11,300 in 1931 and would today be roughly £636,000.00

There was also a life size plaster version on display in the museum at Mont de Marsan, France.

Pierre Traverse – born April 1, 1892 in St. Andre de Cubzac (Dordogne) France. He studied under Injalbert and exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais, of which he was an hors-concours member, the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs. He was a sculptor who worked primarily in bronze, stone, and white marble. He received a silver medal in 1921, a gold medal in 1926 and a diploma of honour in 1937 at the Exposition Internationale in Paris. He was also awarded a medal of honour in 1942 and was decorated with the Legion d’Honneur in 1938. His works can be found in the Musee du Petit Palais in Paris and other fine collections held internationally today. Pierre Traverse died in 1979.



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