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Bas-relief Panel Illustrating Finance by Rene Paul Chambellan Item # F8772
One of a set of incredibly beautiful sculpted bas-relief panels by Rene Paul Chambellan, cast in plaster. Chambellan was a renowned artist who worked from the early 1920s until the 1950s, specializing in architectural sculpture. He was one of the foremost practitioners of what was then called "French Modern", and later became knows as Art Deco. His particular interpretation of the style (sometimes called Greco Deco) frequently incorporates Classical aesthetics and ornaments, as displayed in this superb example.
Chambellan created work for many buildings in and around New York, including the Rockefeller Center, the Daily News Building, the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, the New York State building in Albany, and many others. Additionally, he designed for the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale, as well as designing both the John Newbery and Caldecott Medals, prestigious awards given respectively to writers and illustrators of distinguished books for children.
This panel may be a model for a larger piece, very likely created for a government or public building, as a series illustrating various idealistic concepts or departments, such as Agriculture, Health, Welfare, etc. Given the style and motif, we believe it dates from the 1930s. We have custom built substantial solid cherry-wood frames for the panels, so that they may be displayed in a place of honor, inspiring for years to come.
- Historical Style: Art Deco
- Condition Notes: Originally, this panel was painted with a layer of off-white paint. That paint has striped away over the years, leaving the raw plaster.
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Bas-relief Panel Illustrating Finance by Rene Paul Chambellan