Erte (Jewelry, Objects, Gouache & Books) Bio

ERTE, Russian (1892 - 1990)

Born Remain de Tirtoff in imperial St. Petersburg, Erte derived his pen name from the French pronunciation of his initials "R.T." Over a long and distinguished career, he had a major influence on the style and design of the 20th Century.

At age 19, Erte left home and moved to Paris where he gained employment with the esteemed coutur-ier Poiret. Shortly thereafter, he began the 22-year pursuit which would make him famous: creating cover art and illustrations for the magazine Harper's Bazaar. It was here that his distinctive Art Deco-style emerged.

During his prolific years at Harper's, Erte designed 250 covers and numerous drawings for its pages and diversified into a variety of other artistic activities. After a fling in Hollywood designing for extravagant silent films including Ben Hur, Erte left the magazine to create sets and costumes for theater and opera. For the next 40 years, he dressed an extraordinary roster of opera, stage and screen stars, including Mary Garden, Josephine Baker, Marion Davies, Lillian Gish. Mata Hari and Anna Pavlova. These achievements earned him the title "Father of Art Deco".

In 1967 the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased and exhibited a collection of some 200 Erte gouaches. Shows in London followed, bringing Erte even more recognition. His success at these exhibitions was summarized by the noted London Sunday Times art critic John Russell (later of the New York Times) who wrote, "If Michelangelo were to come back from the dead he could hardly have greater or more eulogious publicity than has been accorded to Erte."

At age 75, Erte began to create limited edition serigraphs based on his designs. This medium allowed a wider audience to enjoy his work and helped satisfy popular demand for these images. International success in this endeavor led him to expand his work to a variety of materials, most notably bronze.

The influence of Erie's style and the demand for his art live on. His work belongs to prestigious museum collections throughout the world, most notably the Smithsonian, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London). New York's Metropolitan Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Many books have been published on the artist's life and work, including Erte at Ninety-Five: The Complete New Graphics [The Extended Edition] and Erte—The Last Works.

Artworks




"Aventurine" State IV Pendant Necklace by Erte

Title: "Aventurine" State IV Pendant Necklace

Medium: 14K Gold; Diamonds: Mother of Pearl and Black Onyx

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $5,000.00



"Beloved" State V Brooch by Erte

Title: "Beloved State V" Brooch

Medium: 14K Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Rubies, Black Jade, Mother of Pearl, Pearl Bale

Unframed Size: 1.5" x 1.75"

Retail Price: $2,675.00

Asking Price: $1,350.00



"Diamonds & Enamel Mask Pendant" by Erte

Title: "Diamonds & Enamel Mask Pendant"

Medium: 18k Gold Pendant with Diamonds and Enamel



"Fantasy Earrings, State I" Fine Art To Wear Jewelry by Erte

Title: "Fantasy” Earrings” State I

Medium: 14K Gold, Diamonds & Emeralds

Retail Price: $3,900.00

Asking Price: $2,900.00 - MAKE AN OFFER



"Foxes Ring, State III" Fine Art to Wear Ring by Erte

Title: "Foxes Ring State III"

Medium: 14K Gold Ring with Pave Diamonds and Emeralds

Unframed Size: Ring Size 8

Asking Price: $3,650.00 - MAKE AN OFFER



"Rayonnement Earrings” State IX  Fine Art To Wear Earrings by Erte

Title: "Rayonnement Earrings” State IX

Medium: 14K Gold with Diamonds, Emeralds & Mother of Pearl

Retail Price: $5,175.00

Asking Price: $3,275.00 - MAKE AN OFFER



"Rayonnement Ring” State VIII Fine Art to Wear Ring by Erte

Title: "Rayonnement Ring” State VIII

Medium: 14K Gold with Diamonds, Faceted Emerald & Mother of Pearl

Retail Price: $3,800.00

Asking Price: $2,900.00 - MAKE AN OFFER



"Rayonnement Ring, State VIII" Fine Art to Wear Ring from Erte

Title: "Rayonnement” Earrings, State IX and Ring, State VIII

Medium: 14K Gold with Diamonds, Faceted Emerald & Mother of Pearl

Retail Price: $8,975.00

Asking Price: $5,900.00 - MAKE AN OFFER - For Both



"Emerald Eyes" Mask Pendant by Erte

Title: "Emerald Eyes Mask Pendant"

Medium: 18k Gold Pendant with Diamonds and Emeralds



"Sapphire Eyes & Diamonds Mask Pendant by Erte

Title: "Sapphire Eyes * Diamonds Mask Pendant"

Medium: 18k Gold Pendant with Diamonds and Sapphires



"Bottle 1:  "Vigne"

Title: "Courvoisier Decanter Collection"

Medium: 7 Limited Edition Serigraph/Glass Courvoisier Decanters

Asking Price: $10,000.00



"Le Flambeau" Bronze Candlestick with Patina by Erte

Title: "Le Flambeau"

Medium: Bronze Candlestick with Silver Patina

Asking Price: $3,200.00



"Ocean Bowl II" Bronze Object of Art by Erte

Title: "Ocean Bowl II"

Medium: Bronze Object of Art

Retail Price: $11,280.00

Asking Price: $6,000.00 - MAKE AN OFFER



"Costume Egyptien" November 1934 Original Gouache by Erte

Title: "Costume Egyptien" November 1934

Medium: Original Gouache

Unframed Size: 10" x 14"

Framed Size: 20.75" x 24.75"

Asking Price: $6,800.00 - Framed



"Monsieur de Busseroles" 1936 Original Goauche by Erte

Title: "Monsieur de Busseroles" 1936

Medium: Original Gouache

Unframed Size: 10" x 14"

Framed Size: 19.25" x 23.25"

Asking Price: $6,800.00 - Framed