Romain “Erté” de Tirtoff (Russian/French; 1892-1990)
Patinated bronze sculpture
Signed in mold to the corner
Fine Art Acquisitions foundry stamp to the verso
A patinated bronze sculpture designed by Romain “Erté” de Tirtoff titled Justice. This sculpture depicts an elegantly robed woman rendered in gold and bronze hues. She is seated atop a stack of books and holds a scepter in her right hand and the scales of justice in her left. The piece is signed in mold to the base and numbered 111 of an edition of 350. It was produced in 1984 by Fine Art Acquisitions and marked with a foundry stamp to the verso.
Roman De Tirtoff, known by the pseudonym Erté, is a Russian-born French designer who flourished in many fields including set design, fashion, and the graphic arts, spanning most of the 20th century. He began working for Harper’s Bazaar in 1915, creating over 240 covers for the magazine for over twenty-two years. His fashion illustrations appeared in numerous other publications. During 1976, Erté was awarded the title of Officer of Arts and Letters, and in 1982 the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris by the French government. His work is housed in private and permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to name a few.
- upper end of staff bent slightly backward with area of patina loss near hand; rings to the top of the scales disconnected from beam to the front edge; minor abrasions and patina loss to upper edges; minor dust and accretions.