Lot 77: J. P. F. Preiss, Chryselephantine Figure Lamp, Gemany, c. 1920
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Johann Philipp PREISS (1882-1943) - German ivory sculptor of the Art Deco, a master of this genre besides the French artist Demetre Chiparus
Brass, coated, black marble, bronze, gilt, ivory
Two-light fixture table lamp with a squared black marble socket, above a smaller squared copper-colored brass socket with two brass steles, which shape with its high arch the lamp shaft
In the middle on a high squared brass stele standing chryselephantine figure of a gentleman with a flower bouquet in his right and a topper in his left hand
Dimensions: 55.5 x 18.1 x 18.1 cm
Copper-colored brass lamp with a chryselephantine figure, which reminds to a Gentleman
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The lamp is in good condition. The patina of the figure is partial slight rubbed. The brass and the marble sockets show scattered abrasions and bumpings in the areas of the edges and corners. Stronger scratches on the rear of the lower marble socket can be found. The functionality of the lamp has not been tested and thus cannot be guaranteed. (ala)
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 auction.
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