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Gustav Gurschner Polychrome Bronze Female Figure Candelabrum


This polychrome bronze Art Nouveau figural candelabrum by Gustav Gurschner features a young woman with brown hair, dressed in a long flowing green skirt, holding a lotus flower seed capsule in each arm, into which a candle can be inserted. The size of the capsules relative to her body makes her seem a flower fairy or spirit. With these stunning candelabra, candles would be placed on each capsule, illuminating the dinner table with spectacular charm.

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Item #: S-19782
Artist: Gustav Gurschner
Circa: 1902-1904
Dimensions: 16.25” height, 7" with, 7" depth 
Materials: Polychrome bronze
Signed: Impressed "GURSCHNER/DEPOSE"
Provenance: Rudi Schmutz, Vienna, Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1980s
Literature: Similar candelabrum pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d'Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1999, p. 305; Candelabrum pictured in Art Nouveau Sculpture, by Alastair Duncan, New York, 1978, p. 49; Candelabrum also pictured in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lamps and Candlesticks, by Wolf Uecker, New York, 1986, p. 15

Gustav Gurschner displayed his work through the Viennese Secession Group, gaining him much acclaim. His depiction of bare-chested women largely survives any stricture in that they have a quiet dignity and poetic charm that never stoops to vulgarization.