Cold Painted Bronze Figure entitled "The Fencer" by Bruno Zach

GBP 16,500.00

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Object Description

A captivating erotic Art Deco cold painted bronze figure of a semi-clad lady with fencing sword, raised on a shaped Brazilian green onyx base, signed Bruno Zach and stamped Austria. This is a wonderful large example of the artist’s work that captures the sensuous night-life of inter-war Berlin.

Object History

Bruno Zach (German, 1891 ~ 1935) Zach was born in the town of Schitomir, Ukraine and studied at the Vienna Academy under Hans Bitterlich and Josef Mullner. The subjects of Zach’s bronze works include western, orientalist, sporting, animalier, art deco and erotic figures. He worked between the years 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 sensuous. Zach loved to render his world of exotic nightlife in his work, especially the prostitutes with whom he loved to socialise. In fact, one prostitute with whom Zach was in love refused to marry him, leading to the work Love Hearts.

Bruno Zach was a prolific creator of tall, athletic, independent women in bronze and ivory. He depicted both the healthy outdoor pursuits, and also the dream mistresses of the demi monde of Berlin, Paris and Vienna between the wars. His bronze is occasionally patinated, most often cold painted. His use of ivory is spare and always well carved. His work was edited by several firms, including Argentor-Werke of Vienna the Broma Companie, S Altmann & Co, and Bergman.

Object Literature

Art Deco & Other Figures by Bryan Catley

Object Condition

Excellent Condition.

Please note that our items are genuine antiques with considerable age. It is therefore normal that they will show some signs of wear and handling to the surface. This change to the surface is known as ‘patina’ and confirms the age of the item.

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