Lot 159
Property from the Estate of Stella Boggs, a former Ziegfeld Follies Dancer

Demétre Chiparus (Romanian 1886-1947)
Les Girls
Signed on base D. H. Chiparus
Chryselephantine cold painted bronze sculptures with alternating gilt and partial gilt-green patina raised on a mottled brown onyx base. Each girl marked on right foot Bronze and numbered; side of base with foundry mark Etling, Paris and underside of base marked MADE IN FRANCE. Chips to base; missing seven hands.
Height overall: 20 in (50.8 cm)
Estimate $300,000-500,000

During the 1920s in Paris, Demétre Chiparus' work drew inspiration from dancers of the day including the Russian Ballet, the Parisian music halls of Les Folies Bergères and the Casino de Paris.

Weschler's would like to thank Chiparus expert, Alberto Shayo, for his assistance in the cataloguing of this exquisite piece. This lot is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Mr. Shayo.

For a similar example see Sotheby's, Paris, Arts Décoratifs du XXe Siècle & Design Contemporain, November 27, 2012, lot 27

Alberto Shayo, Chiparus: Master of Art Deco, New York, 1993, p. 61 (for the five-figure model in Etling's period catalog sheet) and pp. 163-165, pls. 94-96 (for the three variants of the model)

Export Note:
According to Mr. Shayo, during the 1920s and 30s ivory was sourced from Africa. Prospective buyers should refer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( for further information on importing/exporting African ivory, including the de minimis exemption.

Les Girls comes to Weschler's from the Estate of Stella Boggs, a lover of dance.

Born in 1916 in the Panama Canal Zone, Stella Boggs led an extraordinary life.

At the age of 15, Stella received a six-month contract to dance for the famous Broadway producer, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

Stella, performing under the name "Estelita" made her Broadway debut in the 1932 show Hot Cha!, one of the last shows produced by Ziegfeld before his death that same year.

Upon returning to the Panama Canal Zone she started her own dance studio and, during the war, danced in the USO shows.

Les Girls was purportedly given to her by a suitor in 1931 and has since descended through the family.

Our thanks to the family of Stella Boggs for their contribution of photographs and newspaper clippings.

Lot is accompanied by custom-designed and fitted cases.

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Sold for $200,000