Lot 78: F. Preiss, The Gentleman, Chryselephantine, Germany, c. 1920
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, gold and polychrome patinated, ivory, onyx
Model by Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943) German sculptor
Inscribed on the socket F. PREISS, and on the bottom AUSTRIA
On an oval onyx socket standing bronze gentleman figure with an ivory head, he is carrying a floral bouquet in his right hand and a cylinder in his left
Height: 14.8 cm
Chryselephantine of an elegant gentleman by Ferdinand Preiss
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The figure is in good condition. The painting is rubbed in places. The ivory head shows usual material cracks. The head is minimal lose. The front socket with a small bumping.
Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943)
Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss was born in Hesse in 1882. At the age of 15 he started an apprenticeship with the ivory carver Philipp Willmann. In 1901, he travelled to Rome, Milan as well as Paris and worked as a modeler. Back in Germany he met Arthur Kassler and together they founded the company Preiss & Kassler in Berlin. The manufactory produced small ivory statuettes and so-called chryselephantine sculptures combining ivory and gilded bronze. The production of these Art Deco sculptures reached a peak during the 1920s, the company exported to England and the United States. Today Ferdinand Preiss is one of the leading ivory carvers of the Art Deco period. His chryselephantine sculptures are extremely coveted amongst collectors fetching high prices at auctions. (ala)
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