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Art Nouveau Nude Ivory Sculpture by Zelezny

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Important Austrian Art Nouveau related Wiener Werkstatte (Wiener Werkstätte) nude figurine sculpture of a lady crafted by listed Vienna artist and sculptor Franz Zelezny (Wien 1866-1932). The standing ivory figure of the nude lady is perfectly detailed and signed at base by artist. The height of the ivory figurine is 170mm without wooden base and 240mm with base. Franz Zelezny is well known for his wooden sculptures which he made for the Wiener Werkstatte, while ivory sculptures he crafted for his own pleasure and usually are known to depict members of his family. It is not certain, but the present nude sculpture of a lady is most likely of his own wife. Absolutely perfect condition. All Austrian Wiener Werkstatte / Art Nouveau ivory sculptures are seldomly seen on the art market and are of great collector importance. Scarce antique work of art collector piece and one of the rare Art Nouveau artist signed ivory sculptures of a nude lady figure. Along with the Art Nouveau movement in France, the Arts & Crafts in England and Jugendstil in Germany, the Wiener Werkstatte becomes one of the driving forces of modern art movements of that era. Provenance: Palais Dorotheum Auction sale, May 2004, Lot #344; Im Kinsky Kunst Auktionen sale, Oct. 2007, Lot #821. Wikipedia Encyclopedia gives the following additional information on this Wiener Secession art movement: Wiener Werkstätte (en: Viennese Workshops), was founded on May 19, 1903. Two of the founders were the artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. Funding was originally provided by industrialist Fritz Warndorfer. Important members of this workshop were the painter Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Emilie Floge, Max Lenz, Wilhelm Lizst, Emil Orlik, Dagobert Peche, Eduard Wimmer Wisgrill, Leopold Bauer, Oskar Kokoschka, Vally Wieselthier, Otto Prutscher, Emanuel Margold, Hans Ofner, C.O. Czeschka, Michael Powolny, Carl Moll and Maria Likarz. The Wiener Werkstätte created works of craftsmanship in a very distinctive style, the Wiener Werkstätte Style. The workshop mainly dealt with creating jewelry, fabrics for clothing, ceramics and pottery, and furniture, all characterized by simple shapes, minimal decoration and geometric patterning. For the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, the high point of the organization, Hoffman served as architect, and Klimt and Czeschka (among others) contributed craftwork. While many Arts and Crafts movement era workshops, such as those founded in England, were interested in integrating the craft tradition with mass production techniques for a mass market, the Wiener Werkstätte concentrated on good design for a more select market. Hoffman said, "Since it is not possible to work for the whole market, we will concentrate on those who can afford it." The workshop also believed that design schools should include practical classes on making art (rather just designing it); fine and decorative art should be seen on equal footing; and fine arts, architectural arts and decorative arts should be unified. Due to poor finances, the Wiener Werkstätte closed in 1932.


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