Josef Lorenzl- An elegant cold painted bronze figure of an Art Deco dancer holding a fan in a coy pose signed Lorenzl in the cast. The finely detailed and well modelled, charming figure stands on a 2 coloured marble base whilst holding a fan in her hands. A stylish and beautiful figure with excellent hand finished detail and in excellent original condition.
Josef Lorenzl 1892 – 1950 Although very little is known about Lorenzl’s early life it is known that he was born in Austria in 1892 and was soon to become one of the most talented sculptors of the Art Deco Period. He started by working for a bronze foundry in Vienna Arsenal where he produced stunning bronze statuettes. The majority of his works in bronze and ivory were of singular slim female nudes with long legs which conveyed elegance. His preference was for dancing poses which were not only evident in his singular statuettes but also in those attached to marble clocks, lampbases and bookends.
From his designs in bronze and ivory Lorenzl went on to work for the Austrian ceramics company Goldscheider. Again creating stunning sculptures of the female form collector’s are more aware of this period and his sculptures in ceramic than they are of his earlier bronze and ivory statuettes. Inspired by shape and bold colours Lorenzl’s sculptures had clean lines and geometric shapes. Although each piece possess great movement there was no intricacy or attention to detail and most of his figures wore their hair in the boyish bob which was fashionable at the time, making these simplistic and stylish figurines the epitome of Art Deco design.
Lorenzl is considered one of the most important artists in the Art Deco period as his distinctive and stunning figurines are highly sought after by collectors. A celebrated sculptor with an eye for design Lorenzl epitomised the Art Deco era perfectly making him one of the most celebrated and iconic designers of the 20th Century.
Date French c 1930
Condition Excellent original condition
Dimension Approximate height 33cm