Erté-The Legend Continues at Umzuzu
By Anthony Shapiro
So who is this Erté?
Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials (pronounced: [ɛʁ.te]). He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theater, opera, and interior decor.
This world renowned art deco artist had a spectacularly diverse career spanning almost his entire life. Initially he acclaimed fame for designing the magazine covers of over 240 Harper’s Bazaar issues. Most interestingly, he also designed the sets and costumes of Folies Bergère as well as many Broadway shows and Hollywood movie sets including the classics Paris and Ben Hur.
Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the art deco period in which he worked. One of his earliest successes was designing apparel for the French dancer Gaby Deslys who died in 1920. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century. This fact is clearly displayed by his magnificent limited edition jewelry design pieces which are proudly consigned by Umzuzu and can be viewed here and a synopsis of our magnificent,limited edition and signed Erté items of jewelry are displayed below.