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1910s Claire Colinet Symbolist Bust by Marcel Guillard for Editions Etling, Paris

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Symbolist bust sculpted by Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet (1880-1950) that was edited by Editions Etling (Paris; 1909-1930) and rendered in glazed stoneware by Marcel Guillard (1896-1932). The original of this bust was rendered in bronze by Colinet, who then allowed Guillard and Editions Etling to produce versions in ceramic with various glaze and clay types for sale in the high-end Etling gallery in Paris. The underside carries the stylized Marcel Guillard and Editions Etling, Paris stamp, as well as being hand inscribed Colinet. This particular bust, of which two are currently known by this writer, has a nice high gloss robin egg blue glaze that has been applied in such a manner that is allows some of the red/ocher clay substrate underneath to show through. This produces a nice mottled effect in the bust’s garb, while the skin and braided hair are rendered in deep cream and brown glaze. Dimensions: ~15.5" x 8" x 6".


    Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet (1880-1950). Born in Brussels, she lived and worked in Paris, creating many beautiful and dynamic art deco sculptures often depicting dancers.

    Marcel Guillard (1896-1932). An enameller and ceramist. He worked with André Fau, Le Jan, Delabassé, Wuillemier and Giraud-Rivière for the firm Editions Etling, which participated in the Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925.

    Editions Etling Paris -- In 1909 Edmond Laurent Etling founded a firm under his own name. He opened a shop in Paris on the 'Rue de Paradis nr. 29. In this shop one could buy the most exclusive art objects of that time, mainly made of bronze, ceramics or glass. Etling represented world famous sculptors and artists like Dimitri Chiparus, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sevin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière and Marcel Guillard. These artisans were all leading members of the French modern art of that time and by creating ideal circumstances for them, Etling played a significant role in the style, which later became known as art deco.

    Paris was the heart of the modern art during the period between the First and Second World war. Paris worked as a kind of magnet on the many different famous and less famous artists, as still is the case nowadays. Eventually the exposition "l'Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes" from 1925 gave the art deco style it's name: Art Déco. Off course Etling was a candidate on this exposition and enjoyed much deserved interest.

    Marcel Guillard fulfilled a special role in the Etling business. His Parisian atelier was well known for it's outstanding glass and ceramics, and many of the earlier named artisans used his knowledge and workplace to produce their art objects (all the shown images were made there). The atelier-mark of Guillard was put on the objects and the Etling mark ("Editions Etling Paris") as well and the artists signature. The name of Marcel Guillard as artist is also connected to the another famous editor in Paris, named "Robj".

    The firm of Edmond Laurent Etling stopped during the Second World War and sadly enough mister Etling, as a Jew, was deported and died in a German concentration camp. This was also the end of the art deco period, which found it's ending at the American "World's Fair" in New York (1940).

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      shes very beautiful!!! and stunning!!
    2. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Sean68. I liked her. My wife commented that she has masculine features and there's not much in terms of décolletage, so it could very well be a "he."
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome cogito!!! oh yes , see what your wife says and I see that as well :) it could very well be a he :)
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      SHe IS BEAUTIFUL !!!!!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Serene beauty.
    6. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Great piece and information, cogito!
      Wonder what was the title in it's time... This is the proof that beauty is not related to bra cup size ;-)
    7. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      I'm not certain what the piece is titled. I've seen a bronze version of the same, as with the Etling mark, and that one is signed a bit differently across the back, but sadly no title or other differences. I suspect that it may have been exhibited, but that will require more research than what I can manage now. Thanks all for the loves.
    8. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      Wonderful piece! I have one in my collection and just love it!
    9. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      Wonderful! I'm curious. Does your example have the same glaze combination? Any other notable differences?
    10. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 7 years ago
    11. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      What a beauty
    12. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      thanks a lot Cogito
    13. yolandabravo99, 3 years ago
      I have a Marcel Guillard original potery. I am in Mexico City... Its an inkwell
      I send picture if you want.

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