Console Héron by Albert Cheuret c.1925, $160,000 (£125,000) at Stair Galleries.

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The sculptor-decorator worked under Jacques Perrin and Georges Lemaire before opening his own studio at the Avenue Franco-Russe in Paris.

From 1907 he was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français and during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 - the event that gave Art Deco its name - he set up a boutique on the Pont Alexandre III to show his range of furnishings in bronze and alabaster.

Inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, exotic animals were a particular favourite motif.

Signed example

The two birds he used in his Console Héron c.1925 are evidently Great Blue Herons (Ardea Herodias). Made in patinated bronze and marble, this signed example came for sale at Stair Galleries (28% buyer’s premium) in Hudson, New York, on June 5 from a property with an interior designed by New York firm Williams Lawrence.

Several of these tables have appeared for sale in recent memory, with Christie’s New York selling another for $220,000 in December 2023. Stair estimated its model at $80,000-120,000 and soundly beat it, hammering for $160,000 (£125,000).

Serendipity had it that this upstate New York auction was followed by Sotheby’s sale of Important Design in Manhattan on June 6 where another Console Héron was included. It sold on its low estimate at $180,000 (£140,000).