Title: Statue of Liberty (Night)
Year created: 1986
Medium: Hand-Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Serigraph with Embossing and Gold & Silver Foil Stamping
Edition: 287/300 Hand-Signed & Numbered Limited Edition
Height (inches): 42
Width (inches): 33
Depth (inches): 1
Signed by the artist
Signed Area: Front
This piece is framed.
Includes a certificate of authenticity.
Description of piece:
Elegant and exquisitely detailed, this original hand-signed and numbered limited edition Art Deco Erté artwork is a dramatically-sized showpiece, lavishly embossed with gold and silver foil stamping.
Statue of Liberty (Night) depicts Lady Liberty emblazoned in gold against a nighttime New York City skyline, with unexpected extraordinary fine detailing in the buildings. Gold highlights shimmer throughout the work, including in the gold and blue waves beneath Lady Liberty. In the night sky are vibrantly colored bursts of fireworks. Silver metallic stars adorn Lady Liberty's golden gown.
The work is hand-signed by Erté in silver metallic ink, lower right; it is numbered 287 from the limited edition of 300 pieces, lower left. The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The artwork has been specially custom framed to highlight the work. Framed in a classic frame with rows of carved detailing in black, gilded inner frame, and matching delicate gilded wood fillet, it is complete with a deep black mat matching the background of the artwork. Framed size measures 42" in height x 33" width, with a 1" frame depth.
Erté, Romain de Tirtoff, (1892–1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer who is equally famous for his elegant fashion designs and his artwork, both of which capture the art deco period in which he worked.
Diversely talented, Erté was born in Saint Petersburg to a distinguished family with roots tracing back to 1548. After moving to Paris, he secured his first substantial contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine, and thus launched an illustrious career that included designing costumes and stage sets. Between 1915–1937, Erte designed over 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar, and his illustrations would also appear in such publications as Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, and Vogue. Erté flourished and was renowned in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theater, and opera, and interior decor.
After designing apparel for the French dancer Gaby Deslys, Erté went on to design costumes, program designs, and sets which were featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, many productions of the Folies Bergère, and George White's Scandals. On Broadway, the celebrated French chanteuse Irène Bordoni wore Erté's designs. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century.
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