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Hoop Dancer Bronze Sculpture After Preiss

Hoop Dancer Bronze Sculpture After Preiss

Hoop Dancer Bronze Sculpture After Preiss

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This is a beautifully sculpted bronze dancing lady dancer with hoop in the Art Deco style, after Ferdinand Preiss, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.

The attention to detail throughout the piece is second to none and the figure stands upon an attractive marble base.



This high quality bronze is made from the lost wax process (cire perdue) and bears a replica signature of.Ferdinand Preiss.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

 





Dimensions in cm:

Height 42 x Width 40 x Depth 12

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 5 inches




Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss (1882 - 1943)
was a German sculptor. He was born in Erbach im Odenwald as one of six children. Both of his parents died when he was 15 so that he was apprenticed to the carver Philipp Willmann and lived with his family. In 1901 he traveled to Rome and Paris.

He became friendly with Arthur Kassler in Baden-Baden, which led to the founding of the company Preiss & Kassler, operating from Berlin. Kassler became the business-minded partner and Preiss controlled artistic production.

In 1907 he married Margarethe Hilme, producing two children, Harry and Lucie. Initially the company created small carvings of children and statuettes of classical form. From 1910 the firm grew to specialize in limited edition Art Deco cabinet sculptures that used painted bronze on plinths of onyx and marble, with an occasional foray into mantelpiece clocks and lampstands. Preiss designed nearly all the firm's models. Casting of the pieces was done by the firm Gladenbeck in Berlin. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914 the company was employing six extremely skilled carvers from Erbach and exporting regularly to England and the United States.
The firm closed with Preiss's death from a brain tumor in 1943. The old workshop in Ritterstraße in Berlin, which was housing the stock of samples, was gutted by a fire resulting from a bomb attack shortly before the end of World War II.

Preiss' works are greatly valued by modern collectors.






Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.

In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.

Dimensions

W40.0 x H42.0 x D12.0 cm

Condition

Used

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

91864238
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