The Art Of Erte

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We have what is perhaps the largest Erte collection to be featured at auction in the world! This amazing collection was accumulated by a close friend of the artist over his lifetime and features over 100 rare offerings of bronze sculptures, wall art, rare cognac bottles and more. If you aren’t an Erte fan now, you will be after seeing this collection. Please join us in person for a private preview to view this beautiful collection in person.

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Erte was born Romain de Tirtoff in Russia, in 1892, where he grew up in their social elite. As he grew older, his interest in all forms of art grew with him. At the age of 18 he moved to Paris and took the name Erte, from the French pronunciation of his initials.

In Paris, Erte began his long and celebrated career. He started his work with Harper’s Bazaar where he would create over 240 covers for the magazine over 22 years. In addition, his fashion designs were getting published and he was making elaborate costumes for the era’s most renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer and others. These contributions made him one of the most widely recognized artists of the 1920s and the his work influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco.”

Erté is perhaps best remembered for the gloriously extravagant costumes and stage sets that he designed, but his work spanned so many other forms. As well as the music-hall, Erté also designed for the opera and the traditional theatre, and spent a brief period in Hollywood. Even late in his career Erté was an artistic force, he was encouraged to embark on a new path and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy which reignited the Art Deco movement.

His work is in many prominent museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Erte is remembered fondly for both his actual contributions to the arts as well as his influence.

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Auction Info:

Public Preview: Friday, July 20 from 10AM- 4PM.
Private Preview: Friday, July 20 from 4-7PM. RSVP below.
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Auction: Soft closes online Sunday, July 22 starting at 6AM.


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