Iffland was active in the 19th and 20th century in Berlin. He received his formal training at the Berliner Bildauerschule and was trained as a sculptor and a painter. His subjects consisted of mythological and genre themes and busts. He exhibited at the Berlin Academy International Exhibition and The Great Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1883. His style developed from Jugendstil in the 19th century to more modernist themes such as; genre scenes of laborers to dancers, archers and javelin throwers in the 1920s and 30s of the Art Deco period.
This bronze depicts a bust of a young woman with free-flowing hair. Her features are very natural and expressive. The casting highlights fine details in her garments and her flowing tresses. The work has a lustrous brown patina for which Iffland was well known for.
The work stands on a socle of Nero Belgio marble which appears to be original to the work. The bottom plinth shows losses to the front corners. The statuette measures 9” (24 cm) high and 3 ¼” ( 8 cm) wide. The artists name is inscribed on the base “F Iffland”.
Bronze Bust of a Female by German Sculptor Franz Iffland (1862-1935)