Bronze-vase with oakleaf decor, Gustav Gurschner, K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei Wien, ca. 1905, marked and signed
Signed on the lower part of the wall “GURSCHNER”; marked on the bottom “543/114”
Tyrolean-born Gustav Gurschner was one of the most famous Austrian sculptors of the 20th century. Due to his extraordinary talent and his comprehensive artistic education he created a large number of monuments and portraits. Among them are the royal obelisk in Veszprém, 1908, the imperial monument of Hohenelbe before 1916 or a portrait of King Edward VII of England.
In the typical Gurschner-style, this bronze vessel is distinctly divided into two parts. Its lower part is darkly patinated. In the upper part the vase is attractively decorated with a surrounding garland of oak leaves. This vegetal ornamentation is supported by an arcade-like vault and stands out vividly with its warm bronze tone against the dark, patinated lower part.
The vase is signed “GURSCHNER” and numbered “543/114” at the bottom.
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