ALEXANDRE KELETY (HUNGARIAN, WK. PARIS 1918-1940)
A rare and large pair of patinated bronze bookends.
Signed Kelety. Foundry mark "unis France".
Each bookend 14cm 7.5cm 29cm high
Alexandre Kéléty's date of birth is not mentioned in the literature. He was active as an artist, sculptor, painter and printmaker from 1918 until his death in 1940.
Kéléty married Hélène Grün Kéléty, daughter of the Russian naturalized French painter Maurice Grün.
At the end of the First World War, he emigrated to France, where he became a pupil of the Hungarian painter and engraver Imre Karoly Simay in Toulouse. He then studied in Paris. In his works, he often represents animals as well as the theme of childhood. He also produces chryselephantine busts and statuettes depicting dancers and mythological figures in art deco style. His favorite materials are bronze, ivory, marble and ceramics.
In the interwar period, he exhibited several times at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in Paris. In 1927, he presented a terracotta bust. In 1928 and 1930, he presented bronze and ivory figurines. These are made by Art Publisher Arthur Goldscheider. At the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925, his work was presented both on the Goldscheider stand as well as on that of Edmond Etling. At the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1937, he presented sculptures made and adapted by the Etling and Les Neveux foundries by Jules Lehmann. He also presents animal sculptures made by Mr. Ollier.
Kéléty also creates everyday objects in the art deco style, such as electric lamps, ashtrays and incense burners.
In 1939, Kéléty published advertisements for drawing lessons given at 20 rue Ernest Cresson, Paris.
1925 : Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes.
1926 : Salon de la Société Nationale, hippopotames.
1927 : Salon des artistes décorateurs, Paris, Cerf.
1928 : Société des artistes français.
1930 : Société des artistes français.
1933 : Salon des Tuileries, Paris.