Handle pot with masks Gustav Gurschner K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca. 1904

SKU 1060

Small handle pot with theater masks, design Gustav Gurschner, manufactured by K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei Wien, circa 1904, bronze patinated, signed

  • Height: 10cm, Width: 14cm, Depth: 11cm
  • 1904 to 1905
    Technique: bronze, cast and patinated
    Provenance: Private collection, Austria
    signed below one head “GURSCHNER/VIENNE”, marked on the bottom with “k.k.K.E.Wien”, mod. No. “17G” bib.: comp. archive Gustav Gurschner, GG-1904006 On a documented photograph from the GG archive, this bronze model was a ball donation at the 1905 Vienna Hunters’ Ball
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    SKU 1060

    Gustav Gurschner was one of the most important bronziers of Viennese Jugendstil. He was member of the artists association Wiener Secession and Hagenbund and contributed his distinctive formal language to Viennese arts and crafts around 1900.
    This handle pot falls into the category of Gurschner’s small sculptures, including figural sculptures and various bronze vessels. In its shape it is reminiscent of an antique cauldron and is adorned with two grimacing heads. With their puffed cheeks and grotesque expressions, they strongly remind of theatrical masks from ancient Greek comedy. This reference to costume and amusement may well have been the reason why this particular model was chosen as a ball donation for the 1905 Vienna Hunters’ Ball. Such giveaways presented by the host were intended to remind visitors of a particular society- event they had been attending.
    With the curious design of this vessel, Gustav Gurschner again impressively demonstrates his versatility.


    Gustav Gurschner (Muehlendorf am Inn, Germany 1873 - 1971 Vienna) is among the most famous Austrian sculptors of the 20th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession and president of the Künstlerverband Österreichischer Bildhauer (Association of Austrian Sculptors). As he lived in Paris for several years, one can recognize a clearly French influence in his characteristic, nature-related style. His remarkable talent and his extensive artistic education led him to create a large number of monuments and portraits, including the royal obelisk in Veszprém (Hungary) in 1908, the imperial monument of Hohenelbe (Czech Republic) before 1916 and a portrait of King Edward VII of England.


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    Small handle pot with theater masks Gustav Gurschner K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei Wien patinated bronze ca. 1904 signed
    Handle pot with masks Gustav Gurschner K.K. Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca. 1904
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