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Venus and Love (Primary Title) Venus et L'Amour (Translation)
Ivory was a significant import for European countries, mostly Belgium and France, that had colonies in Africa. Emile Just Bachelet, who is celebrated for his life-size sculptures of animals carved in stone and bronze, also made objects in ivory. In this example, Bachelet preserved the form of the tusk and skillfully carved it into a nude Venus holding a small figure of Love. This sculpture was displayed in Paris in 1934 at the 24th Salon of the Society of Artists-Decorators and later in their pavilion at the 1937 International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Paris.
Signed at rear of base: E. J. BACHELET
Base, back: E.J. BACHELET
Gift of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation
Displayed at the 24th Salon of the Société des Artistes-Décorateurs, Paris, 1934; and at th International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, Paris, 1937
Shifman, Barry. Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco: Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Decorative Arts Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015. p. 139.
Frederick R. Brandt, Late 19th and Early 20th Century Decorative Arts. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1985, pp. 238-239, no. 99;