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Gustav Gurschner "The Offering" Bronze Candelabrum

Gustav Gurschner’s sensuous figural candlestick is modeled after his muse and mistress, the actress Marie Bubna. Bubna was most known for her roles in Grecian Pantomimes, in which she wore titillatingly transparent robes. Bare-breasted and hunched in grief, Bubna forever carries a candle, a harrowing reminder of their short-lived love.

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Item #: YS-20984
Artist: Gustav Gurschner
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 11.5" high, 5" wide, 6" deep
Materials: Patinated Bronze
Signed: impressed "GURSCHNER/DEPOSE''
Literature: A slightly different candlestick from the same series is 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 Wolf Uecker, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Lamps and Candlesticks, New York, 1986, p. 10 Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, New York, 1989, p. 183 Circa 1902-1904. Art Nouveau Sculpture, by Alastair Duncan, p. 49.

Bubna met Gurschner in the legendary Café Griensteidl, a favorite haunt of artistic giants Klimt, Schiele, and Mahler. Born of the noble Bubna-Littitz family, Bubna left her family’s monied roots to marry the poet Felix Dörmann. Dörmann’s first major work, Neurotica, detailed his licentious morphine-fueled affair with a woman named “Madonna Lucia.” The book was considered so debauched that all copies were confiscated by the Viennese Courts. Heartbroken and bitter Marie Bubna began her four-year involvement with Gurschner.