It is my pleasure to present to you this magnificent sculpture by noted and prolific sculptor Franz Peleska-Lunard.
Pursuant to my research, Franz Peleska-Lunard was born in Austria in 1873, but there is no other biographical information available on the artist. There are a good number of auction records available on his work, covering the last 10 years, for sales in the United Kingdom as well as elsewhere in Europe and the United States. Most of his work consists of cold painted bronze figurines with carved bone accents, and the bulk of sales ranging between $3,000 and $5,000. These sculptures are similar in style to Chiparus and several other noted sculptors of the same 1920's period.
I was fortunate enough to obtain this piece from a Florida estate and am therefore able to ask significantly less than many of the "fancy" auction houses.
It is a sublime piece of bronze of a 17th or 18th Century female. The artist has captured the flow of her skirt as she walks on delicate feet, and holding a fan. Even the hem of her garment is fringed. Only the work of a true artisan can do such fine work. The cold painted bronze is accentuated by a finely carved bone torso and head. Her features are so delicate, and her upswept hairdo with cascading corkscrew curls is sublime.
She stands upon a rectangular bronze base which has the artist signature as well as an octagon containing the initials RUM which stands for Rosenthal Und Maeder, the casting foundry.
The charming lady is 6 1/2" in height not including the base. The base is 1 1/4" high.
The piece is in remarkable condition. There are two very faint lines on the woman's chest.
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