Spectacular theatrical model of Preiss’s most iconic Art Deco figure of a dancer in stretched animated pose holding aloft a burning torch in each hand. This wonderful sculpture uses hand carved ivory for the majority of the sculpture with cold painted bronze pantaloons, raised on a wonderful Brazilian green onyx base and signed F Preiss
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Height: 37 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze, 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.