An excellent hand carved ivory figure of a young boy with fishing rod holding a fish he has caught and releasing the hook, the surface with the finest quality detail, raised on a Brazilian green onyx base and signed F Preiss
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Height: 23 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Hand Carved Ivory and Onyx
Ferdinand Preiss was born in Erbach im Odenwald as one of six children to Karl Daniel Heinrich Preiss and his wife Katharine Preiss née Elisabetham. He attended schools in Michelstadt and had aspirations to become an engineer. Both of his parents died within a short time span when he was 15 and shortly thereafter he was apprenticed to the ivory carver Philipp Willmann and lived with his family. In 1901 he traveled to Rome and Paris. He became a friend and acquaintance of 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 Ferdinand Preiss controlled artistic production.