Erté, Icart sharing spotlight at Neue Auctions Oct. 24


Pair of cold patinated and parcel gilt bronzes by Erté titled ‘Zeus’ and ‘Hera’ (1989), both signed by Erté and numbered 323 of 500. A small peacock is included in the lot. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Neue Auctions images

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An extensive offering of sculptures and works on paper by renowned artists Erté (Russian/French, 1892-1990) and Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950), all from a local collection, plus a smattering of additional lovely Art Deco pieces by other artists, 92 lots in all, will come up for bid in Neue Auctions’ next big online sale planned for Saturday, Oct. 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction, with an 11 a.m. Eastern start time, is titled (appropriately enough) Icarts & Ertés. Most of the expected top lots are bronze sculptures by Erté, whose actual name is Romain de Tirtoff (Erté is from the French pronunciation of his initials). He was an artist and designer in many fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume design and even movie set design.

A few of the sculptures in the auction by Erté include the following:

– A pair of cold patinated and parcel gilt bronzes (above) titled Zeus and Hera (1989), each one signed by Erté, with a foundry mark for Sevenarts Ltd. (London), and each numbered 323/500. Zeus is 17½ inches tall, 28.5 pounds; Hera is 16 inches tall, 16 pounds. There is also a peacock, numbered accordingly, that’s 3½ inches in height (est. $4,000-$6,000).

– A bronze with hand-applied patina and polished embellishments, artist signed in the base, titled Rigoletto, with foundry marks for Chalk & Vermillion and Sevenarts, numbered 37 of 375, 20 inches tall by 18 inches wide and weighing 35½ pounds (est. $3,000-$5,000).

– A cold painted and parcel silver gilt bronze titled L’Amour (1985), with a foundry mark for Fine Art Acquisitions, #132/375, 20½ inches tall, 9½ pounds (est. $1,000-$2,000).

The works on paper by Erté will be led by a pair of gouache on paper paintings titled Two Robot Costumes for Theatre, both of them signed lower right in ink and framed together. Each work is 12 inches by 9 inches; as framed, the lot measures 21 inches by 29 inches (est. 2,000-$4,000).


Works on paper by Erté will be led by a pair of gouache on paper paintings titled ‘Two Robot Costumes for Theatre,’ each signed lower right in ink and framed together. Estimate: 2,000-$4,000. Neue Auctions images

Other works on paper by Erté will include two serigraphs on paper, both signed in pencil lower right and both copyrighted in 1979 by Circle Fine Art Editions. One, titled The Golden Cloak (#120/300), is matted and framed to a size of 34½ inches by 26 inches (est. $500-$800). The other, titled Fall, is an artist proof (#38/60), 37½ inches by 31 inches framed (est. $400-$800).

Not as numerous, but no less important, are the artworks in the sale from Louis Icart, the famous French painter, graphic artist and illustrator. He was best known for his etchings and fashion sketches, which became wildly popular during the Art Deco era of the 1920s and ’30s. Icart made over 500 engravings and illustrated more than 30 books. His art is coveted by collectors.

There’s just one sculpture by Icart in the auction. It’s a cold patinated bronze titled Illusions (1986), artist signed and numbered (#61/35), with a foundry mark for the Rosenberg Fine Art Corp., 20½ inches tall by 6 inches wide and weighing 13 pounds (est. $800-$1,200).


Cold patinated bronze titled ‘Illusions’ 1986, is artist-signed and numbered. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Neue Auctions images

The rest of the Icarts are works on paper, headlined by a drypoint and aquatint etching titled Thoroughbreds (or “Pur-Sang”), done with hand-coloring in 1938 and signed in pencil lower left (est. $2,000-$4,000). The 17¾-by-34-inch (sight) piece is copyrighted, matted and framed.


Icart works on paper will be led by a drypoint and aquatint etching titled ‘Thoroughbreds’ (or ‘Pur-Sang’), done with hand-coloring in 1938, signed in pencil lower left. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Neue Auctions images

Other Icart offerings include a 1934 etching and aquatint with hand-coloring titled Leda and the Swan (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 1929 etching and aquatint titled Apache Dancer (est. $500-$800); a 1936 etching and aquatint titled Guardians, Berger et Bergere (est. $500-$1,000); and a 1948 aquatint titled Springtime Promenade (est. $500-$1,000). All are signed by Icart and framed.


Aquatint print by Louis Icart from 1948, titled ‘Springtime Promenade,’ artist signed in pencil lower right, dated in the plate upper left, 13in x 16in (less frame). Estimate: $500-$1,000. Neue Auctions images

Additional bronze sculptures in the auction, not from Erté or Icart, include a pair of works after Demetre Chiparus (Romanian/French, 1886-1947), both titled Chryselephantine Dancer (each one est. $1,000-$2,000); a sculpture by Sandro De Bruno titled Pandora (est. $800-$1,200); a bronze by Angelo Basso (Italian, b. 1943), titled Wave Dancer (est. $600-$800); and pieces from J.B. Hirsch, the New York-based company that has been producing bronze creations since 1907.

For details, contact Neue Auctions at 216-245-6707 or email


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