Luxury Design, Past & Present
Austrian Jugendstil Figurine Bronze Silver-plated circa 1903 designed by Gustav Gurschner manufactured by K.K. Kunsterzgießerei Wien
The Tyrolean-born Gustav Gurschner was one of the most famous Austrian sculptors of the 20th century. Thanks to his extraordinary talent and his comprehensive artistic education, he created numerous ornamental objects, sculptures and lighting elements. He also designed monuments and was a portrait artist in high demand.
Our sculpture is a stunning example of a symbolistic figurine with secessionist style elements. The hands of the ladies are raised to a victory wreath, which bears a plaque. Bare-breasted and powerful, the two women rise to an almost adoring posture. The empowerment and mystification of women was a core element of Symbolism and was consistently taken up and used by the Secessionists in Austria. The delicate floral ornaments on the skirts are also very typical and could be found in the fashion of the time. This piece is a wonderful example of secessionist art from Austria around 1900.
signed with "GURSCHNER" and model no. 500B/101