An excellent early 20th Century Art Deco cold painted bronze figure of a naked beauty sat upon some steps clutching her leg. The surface with good colour and fine hand finished detail, raised on a stepped marble base and signed with abbreviated signature 'Lor'
Height: 20 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition with slight wear to colour
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze
Book Ref Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Page No: 214
Lorenzl Seated Girl
Josef Lorenzl, Austrian 1892 ~ 1950
Lorenzl Seated Girl – When looking to the designs of the Art Deco period one talented sculptor and ceramist that cannot be ignored is Josef Lorenzl. A master designer, his bronze statuettes and ceramic figural work epitomise the era perfectly. As with Preiss, Chiparus and Colinet the other great sculptors from this period, Lorenzl was inspired by the female form and the new found freedom that women enjoyed, which he executed beautifully both in his bronze and ceramic designs.
Josef Lorenzl was born in Vienna on 1st September 1892. He started out working at the Vienna Arsenal in the foundry, where he learned the techniques of bronze casting. Working from a studio in the company’s grounds, he was able to produce many bronze and chryselephantine sculptures. Lorenzl was captivated by the female form he became well known for his shapely dancing girls with long, elegant legs and closed eyes. Lorenzl also was a gifted ceramicist, producing pieces for Goldscheider.
Lorenzl is considered amongst the most important artists of the Art Deco period and his distinctive and quite stunning art deco figurines are highly sought after by collectors. A celebrated sculptor with an eye for design Lorenzl epitomised the Art Deco era perfectly making him one of the most celebrated and iconic designers of the 20th Century.