Magnificent Original Museum Quality 1895 Circa Carl Kauba’s Native American Warriors “War & Peace” 28” & 33-1/2” Cold Painted Bronze Sculptures Signed By the International Renowned Artist, “C. Kauba”
Carl Kauba was born August 13, 1865 in Vienna, Austria. The son of a shoemaker, Kauba chose to follow his calling into the world of art. Collectors now rank him in a class with Remington and Russell as one of the great portrayers of American Western. His subjects were typically American Indians, calvarymen, cowboys, and roughriders. In addition to his American bronzes, Kauba produced a lifetime’s worth of Austrian statuary. His work has been fully appreciated on both sides of the Atlantic. Carl studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under professor Laufenberg. Later he would study at the academies under Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz and in Paris in 1886 to further study. Kauba’s fascination with the West was fed by the stories of the German writer, Carl May, whose tales of Western adventures were known throughout Europe. It has been suggested that Kauba traveled to the American West when he was about twenty-five years old, possibly returning to Austria with voluminous notes, sketches, and several models of Western sculpture. However the majority of scholars feel that the artist actually never traveled to the United States at all, but instead relied upon the accounts of others and first hand artifacts to execute his bronzes. Without a doubt, his work is most worthy of artistic merit. His bronzes, all produced in Austria, were of the American West. The polychrome finish, intricate detail, and the realistic forms make Kauba’s sculptures excellent examples of Viennese bronzes at the turn of the century. Most were cast for the American market between 1895 and 1912 and were widely advertised and sold by Latendorfer in New York during the 1950’s. In contrast to most artists, Kauba’s business successes were equal to his artistic achievement. He was able to maintain for his wife and three children a comfortable lifestyle. Kauba’s studio and home were in direct proximity of each other, allowing him more freedom in allocating his time. Kauba personally directed the casting of his clay models in local foundries. Kauba expressed a great affection for Indians of the American West. He loved ornament, and this detail is seen in the reins of his horses, Indian headdresses, weapons, and costumes. He frequently created scenes of high drama depicted in his bronzes of cowboys and Indians. Kauba’s work is in the Harmsen Collection of American Western Art. Kauba passed in 1922.
Reference: AskArt, Samuel’s Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, Harold and Peggy Samuels
I am privileged to present for your consideration this incredible fine and original Pair of Austrian Bronze Sculptures of Native American, factory cold painted, by Carl Kauba [Austria, 1865-1922], of the Indian Chiefs titled “War” & “Peace”. These incredible creations were first cast in 1895. The sculpture “War” stands about 28” tall including the marble base, while the sculpture “Peace” stands about 33-1/2” tall including the marble base. These two creation are the largest and most important works by this international renowned artist. It is estimated than less than 100 of this pair were cast, with almost all of them in private collections or museums.
At Christie’s Auction, an identical copy of “Peace” sold for $24,000 in April 2010 , and it was missing its original base. The other example was also at Sotheby’s, where “Peace” was sold along with its companion piece "War" for $51,000 in December, 2010. The bases on that pair were identical to the one listed here. On March 1, 2012 Kauba’s “War & Peace” sold for $40.000.00 + $10,000 [25%] Buyer Premium for a total of $50,000. The link will be provided upon request. Also a link showing an example of Kauba's Cold Painting will be provided upon request.
The wonderful Kauba Pair of “War” & “Peace” are in good condition and totally damage free of chips, cracks, or breaks….each with its original rich dark patina. Each Bronze Sculpture weighs about 65 lbs. Each of the Kauba Bronze Sculptures have been Artist signed, “C. Kauba” [see photo]
The Museum Quality Pair of Carl Kauba American Warriors “War & Peace” Bronze Sculptures are probably the most important creations ever to come out of his renowned studio and would be an important and prominent addition for every collector.
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