THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY 30% OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE OF $2950 & WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL 30% OFF DURING THE RUBY RED TAG SALE 9/23-9/26
An extraordinary bronze by the renowned Austrian sculptor Gustav Gurschner (Austrian 1873–1970), entitled "Face to Face," circa 1895-1900. This original example depicts a pair of kneeling nude women, holding up a large basin. The piece incorporates a geometric composition of the two figures and the use of curved lines in their hair and headbands. The bronze is patinated in a pleasing dark brown, and retains the untouched age-old patina. It rests on the original ebonized wood base. Signed in the bronze GURSCHNER 508/119. A wonderful example of Jugendstil/Art Nouveau and a very hard to find bronze by Gustav Gurschner.
Condition: The bronze is in excellent original condition, with minimal wear to the interior of the planter/basin. The original ebonized wood base has minor wear as expected for a 100 year old piece. A pristine example with no damages or repairs!
Measurements: Total of 11 in long x 6 1/2 in high x 3 1/2 in deep (28 cm x 16.5 cm x 9 cm). Height of the bronze without the base is 5 1/4 in (13 cm).
References: Berman, Harold. Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, 1800-1930, Vol 4. Page 1000. Pictured on the same ebonized wood base.
About the artist: Gustav Gurschner was born in Bavaria in 1873, and studied in both Paris and Vienna. Eventually, he settled in Vienna and in 1898 participated in the inaugural exhibition of the Vienna Secession. He produced a variety of small bronze household objects, as well as lamps and candlesticks. He is well known for his use of geometric designs and slender women, with flowing forms. Gurschner's works are highly sought after by collectors worldwide.