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August Karl Eduard Kiss Sculpture, 19th Century



This stunning and rare zinc sculpture was done by world renowned sculptor professor August Karl Eduard Kiss. This is the mounted Amazon fighting a panther. Free shipping within the United States and Canada. Born 11 October 1802. Died 24 March 1865. Country of birth and death: Germany. Sculptor: He served an apprenticeship in the Paprotzan ironworks, after which he went to the Royal Smelting Works in Gleiwitz, where he learnt how to sculpt and engrave plaques and statuettes by means of iron-casting. After further training in the Brieg-Liegnitz iron foundry, he went to Berlin in 1822, studying at the Akademie der Künste and working at the Royal Iron Foundry under Leonhard Posch. From 1825 to 1840 Kiss worked with the sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch; his first undertaking in Rauch's studio was to produce iron casts of scaled-down, mass-produced replicas after Rauch's famous statues of generals. Kiss also assisted Friedrich Tieck with the work for his monumental Horse Tamers for the roof of Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Altes Museum in Berlin. On commission from Schinkel, Kiss completed a series of sculptural works, including the zinc figures for the Neue Wache on Unter den Linden (1842-46; in situ). In 1830 Kiss became tutor in the bronze workshop of the Gewerbeinstitut. In 1837 he was made a member of the Berlin Akademie; and in 1841 he became a professor there. The first major work to make Kiss famous outside his own country was the Mounted Amazon Fighting a Panther for the entrance staircase of the Altes Museum (1837-41; erected 1842). Kiss was regarded as the best horse sculptor in Berlin. He worked almost exclusively in iron and bronze. Works: Dates are usually the year a work was exhibited so may differ from date of production. New entries have been made each time a work was exhibited. This sculpture was once owned by the late Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish, (24 July 1914 – 11 July 2007). He was a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatrical impresario who lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It sat in one of his landmark restaurants known as "Honest Ed's" for many years. We can send photo's of the sculpture sitting in his restaurant upon request.


  • Creator
    August Karl Eduard Kiss (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Width: 47 in. (119.38 cm)Depth: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1840
  • Condition
    This piece has had repairs done to it. Part of the arrow is also missing. We can send additional photo's of the repairs that have been done upon request.
  • Seller Location
    Hamilton, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU135522398772

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    Ships From: Hamilton, Canada
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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