Lot: 10

Ferdinand Preiss
'Flame Leaper', c. 1928

H. 36.5 cm (incl. base). Cold-painted bronze, gilded, head, belly, arms and legs as well as the torches of carved ivory, part painted. Flames of synthetic amber resin. Flame base signed: Signet of Preiss & Kassler and base signed: F. Preiss (incised). Black marble base.

Please note that due to US and Japanese law this item cannot be sold to any US state or territory and to Japan because it contains Material protected by the Washington conservation agreement such as ivory, rhino horn or rosewood etc.

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Hammer Price: 100,000 €

141D - The Marie and David Cooper Collection of Fine Art Deco Sculptures
21. November 2018 at 6:00 PM CEST


The figurine was exhibited at the Leipziger Messe in 1930. The 'Flame Leaper' and the 'Torch Dancer' (lot 11) are the epitome of the Art Deco sculpture. The elegance of the movement and the finesse of carving of both sculptures make them outright masterpieces of the epoch. The dancers' shoulder-lenght hair looks like licking flames itself. Shayo, Ferdinand Preiss, Woodbridge 2005, p. 164; Catley, Art Deco and other figures, Woodbridge 1998, p. 276; Exhib. cat. Von Jugendstil bis Art Déco, Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach, 1998, no. 53; Duncan, Art Deco Sculpture, London 2016, p. 209.