About the WorkThe sculpture is cast in bronze using the lost wax process and sized at 8" x 18" x 19" inches.
The cornucopia is a symbol consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn. It is a symbol of food and abundance dating back to the 5th century BC, also is also referred to as the food of worship and holiness. In Greek mythology, Amalthea was a goat who raised, the god Zeus, on her breast milk in a cave on Mount Ida of Crete. Her horn was accidentally broken off by Zeus while they were playing together. The young Zeus, in remorse, gave her back her horn with supernatural powers, which would give whoever possessed it whatever they wished for.
About the Artist
Erté was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia on November 23rd, 1892 and was raised amidst Russia's social elite. At the age of five he created an evening gown for his mother and managed to persuade the adults to craft it, they were astounded by the results. In 1912, Romain left St. Petersburg for Paris at the age of nineteen with the aim of becoming an artist. After working with Paul " Le Magnifique" Poiret on several theatrical productions Romain, still under the pseudonym of Erte, began to work more independently. He hand-crafted original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s most renowned actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer, and others. His masterpieces for the stage included extravagant production designs at venues such as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris, and the Paris Opera. In 1915 he began his long professional relationship with Harper's Bazaar and created 240 covers for the esteemed magazine. For 6 months in 1916, Erté simultaneously worked with Vogue as well. As a result of his highly publicized success, Erté would later be called the father of the ‘Art Deco’ movement.