Art Deco Gilt Bronze Desk Set: detail with artist mark
Art Deco, 1930s, French inspired, gilt bronze desk set signed Clem comprising a 26 cm long, letter opener decorated with a detailed, well sculpted mythological stork accompanied by a seal showing the same bird sculpted in the round, the seal being vacant.
Age consistent wear to original fitted case. Clemente Spampinato was born in Calabria, Italy in 1912. While being schooled in the classical arts in Rome, he developed a keen love for both art and athletics. He befriended many of Italy's top-flight athletes including the great Olympic Champions. In the 1930s & '40s he was commissioned to sculpt many Bronze Trophies and Medallions for the Olympics and other Italian sporting events. In 1947 he became an American citizen and lived and work prolifically there until his death in Sea Cliff New York in 1993.