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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, QUEENSLAND

FERDINAND PREISS
1882-1942

Flame Leaper, circa 1935

Estimate $60,000 - $80,000

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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, QUEENSLAND

FERDINAND PREISS

1882-1942
Flame Leaper, circa 1935

carved ivory, patinated bronze and resin, onyx base
engraved plaque to the onyx base inscribed 'PRESENTED TO MRS ALLAN DALZIEL / on the occasion of the launch of the / S/S "IRON KNIGHT" / (built by LITHGOWS LTD) / By SIR JOSEPH W. ISHERWOOD & CO. LTD', inscribed signature 'F. PREISS' to the onyx base, foundry mark for Preiss-Kassler stamped to the bronze base
34 cm high

  • Lot Sold $60,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $73,200 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Provenance

Mrs Jean Dalziel, acquired 1937
Private Collection, South Australia, by descent from the above
Private Collection, Queensland, by descent from the above in 2014

Literature

Bryan Catley, Art Deco and other Figures, Antique Collectors Club, London, 1978, p. 277 (illustrated, another example)
Alberto Shayo, Ferdinand Preiss, Art Deco Sculptor, The Fire and the flame, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 2005, p. 164 (illustrated, another example)

Condition Report

Foundry mark for Preiss Kassler stamped to the bronze base; inscribed signature 'F. Preiss' to onyx base clear and legible. The faming torch\xE8res held in the dancer's hands are made from resin, one is missing a section from the tip of the flame, approximately 5 mm long x 4 mm wide. Fine, darkened hairlines to the ivory in places throughout, consistent with age, however all ivory components are stable and secure. Carved extremities - fingers, toes, hair and facial features - are all intact and free from damage. Light abrasions, patina marks and surface grime to bronze in places, however the colours are bright and generally intact. Onyx base in good order, with minor losses in places consistent with age.

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