Lot 74: Ferdinand Preiss, Small Female Bronze Nude, c. 1920
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, brown patinated, black marble
Germany, around 1920
Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943) German sculptor
Signed on the back of the plinth 'F. Preiss'
Sculptural worked, standing female nude
On a cylindric profiled marble base
Height: c. 25 cm Condition:
The bronze figure is in good age-related condition. Edges of the marble base partial minimally chipped.
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. (kre)
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