CHANA ORLOFF (1888 - 1968)

Turkey cock, 1925

Bronze with golden patina
Model from 1927
The present cast is a post mortem edition from Susse foundeur
Signed « Ch. Orloff », dated 1925 and numbered 3/8
Stamped with the inscriptions of the foundeur Susse Fondeur Paris on the base
Certificate of authenticity delivered by Chana Orloff Comity

H 50 - L 51,3 - P 47,7 cm (H 19.7 - W 20.2 - D 18.8 in)


Collection particulière, Philadelphie.


The « Dindon » -sculpted and introduced at the Salon d’Automne in 1925- immensely participated in the overall renaissance of wildlife art during the XX Century. The central sphere representing the swollen body of the animal is decked out with a circumferential serration figuring the staggered tail of « Dindon ». The lateral inclined planes, studded with blurred ridges, draw the feathers and the folds of the neck while a lumpy appendix emerges from the smooth and thick surfaces of the animal. The stocky, yet beautiful head stows the eyes and anchors the light.


1925 Salon d’Automne, XVIIIe exposition, Paris.
1976 L’animal de Lascaux à Picasso, Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
1981 Paris-Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
1982 L’art et l’oiseau, Le Louvre des Antiquaires, Paris.
1984, Exposition particulière, Galerie Vallois, Paris.
1988 Femmes créatrices des années 20, Musée Anacréon, Granville.
1992 Chana Orloff, Musée Municipal de Boulogne-Billancourt, 1er-30 avril.
1994 Chana Orloff, Line and Substance, Open Museums, Tefen, Israël.
2005 Exposition particulière, Galerie Vallois, Paris.
2012 De Bugatti à Giacometti, Sculpter l’animal, Musée des années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt.


W. George, Salon d’Automne, L’Amour de l’Art, 1925, p. 358.
Léon Werth, Chana Orloff, Éditions Grès, 1927.
C. Imbert, Le quartier artiste de Montsouris..., L’Architecture, 1927.
Félix Marcilhac, Chana Orloff, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1991, referenced under n°133, p. 232 et 233 and reproduced in photography p. 84.