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Lot 455: PIERRE IMANS, PARIS FRENCH WAX MANNEQUIN, CIRCA 1920 52cm high
26 October 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
PIERRE IMANS, PARIS
FRENCH WAX MANNEQUIN, CIRCA 1920
female bust with glass eyes, set on a pink marble base, signature to mannequin P. IMANS/ PARIS
Literature: Munro, Jane ''Silent Partners'', Yale University Press, 2014, exhibition catalogue.
Note: Two leading French companies making display mannequins in the first years of the 20th century were Pierre Imans and Siégel (later Siégel Stockman, still in existence today). For the first two decades of the century both firms produced mannequins that were predominantly made from wax, a material highly valued for its ability to simulate flesh. The Dutch-born Imans gained a particular reputation for his sophisticated and refined wax figures, and was well -placed to develop this particular line, having studied with the sculptor Ludovic Durand, one of the chief modellers at the Musée Grévin, the hugely popular waxwork museum in Paris that opened to the public in the mid-1880s.