This is a striking antique Viennese Art Deco bronze sculpture of a nude female dancer, by the world-famous Austrian sculptor, Bruno Zach (1891-1935), circa 1920 in date.
This excellently executed patinated bronze sculpture features the remarkable female figure depicted in an extremely elegant dancing pose, graciously waving a cloak behind her back, with the typical boyish hairstyle of the Art Deco period and her arms outstretched.
The sculpture is raised on an exquisite stepped red and white marble octagonal base, which enhances the flair of the whole composition.
It is signed “B. Zach, Vienna”.
This high-quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional “lost wax” process, otherwise known as the “cire perdue” method.
Add a classical Art Deco elegance to any room of your home.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 28 x Width 13 x Depth 16
Dimensions in inches:
Height 11.0 x Width 5.1 x Depth 6.3
Art Deco or Deco,
is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s.
It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Ageimagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.
Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style…[that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material…[and] the requirements of mass production”.
During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
Bruno Zach 1891-1945
He was born in the town of Schitomir, Ukraine and studied in Vienna at the Vienna Academy under Hans Bitterlich and Josef Mullner.
Bruno Zach worked for various foundries in Vienna – and also worked under the name of “Tuch”. The subjects of Zach’s bronze works include western, orientalist, sporting, animalier, art deco and erotic subjects. Sculptures were also cast and carved by him in Vienna.
Bruno Zach worked between the years of 1918 and 1935, revelling in the spirit of Art Deco. Although he executed some graceful moving statues, this Berlin based sculptor devoted most of his energy and talents to the exotic. Zach loved to render his world of exotic nightlife in his work, especially the prostitutes with whom he loved to socialize. In fact, one prostitute with whom Zach was in love refused to marry him, leading to the work Hearts.
Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.
In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
Our reference: 09858