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“Amazonian Fighting a Tiger” German Antique Bronze Sculpture by August Kiss

US$8,900

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Born in Germany in 1802, Karl August Eduard Kiss studied at the Berlin Academy under Rauch, Tieck and Schinkel; he would later assist Friedrich Tieck in the monumental Horse Tamers commissioned for the roof of the Altes Museum. Amazone zu Pferde was first exhibited in clay in 1839 with great public reception; with only minor changes, August finished the final version in 1841 after a public collection funded it as a commission to be installed outside of the Altes Museum in Berlin. It was installed in 1845 on the right side of the main staircase and would eventually in 1861 be joined by Albert Wolff's Löwenkämper. In 1851 a monumental casting was made by the Geiss Foundry of Berlin in copper-plated zinc for exhibition at the London Exposition where it won a prize. That casting would again be exhibited in New York at the Crystal Palace in 1853. The present model was cast by the renowned Gladenbeck & Sohn foundry in the 1860s. The drama and energy of the group is palpable, this mythological Amazonian warrior fearless in the face of a vicious foe. Her spear is raised to strike a blow at the heart of the tiger, its body fully engaged with her mount, the muscles taught and claws tearing. The ease with which Kiss captures her figure, the balance of her body as the horse is pushed to the side, the perfect placement of the tiger and the raw realism of the interaction are so effortlessly depicted in his group. It was a natural favorite with both his own citizenry, but also garnered great international awareness of his work. The work remains timeless, a model that the Philadelphia Museum of Art would have a later cast using the original model for a life-size monument in 1929. Artist Listings & Bibliography: E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. VII, Gründ, 2006, p. 1284 Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders 1800-1930, Vol I, Harold Berman, 1974, p. 67, fig. 314 Measurements: 16 1/8" H x 16 1/2" W (tail to tiger); base is 6 3/8" D x 11 5/8" W (not including rock outcrop) Condition report: Arm holding spear with a very slight wiggle in the joint. Some undulation to the shape of the spear shaft; spear with some discoloration. Very minor patina wear. Trace oxidization to arm holding spear along with figure's back. Overall exceptional condition: cleaned, polished and waxed, a very fine presentation.

Details

  • Creator
    Gladenbeck Foundry (Manufacturer),August Karl Eduard Kiss (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.13 in. (40.98 cm)Width: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)Depth: 6.38 in. (16.21 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1860
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. See condition notes in description text.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 012XIP14S1stDibs: LU1059021954902

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