"Ferdinand Preiss, Girl Feeding Bird, Sculpture Art Deco, Twentieth Century""Girl feeding bird": ivory sculpture of a little girl standing, a bird on the hand, on a base of green onyx.
Sculpture signed F Preiss.
Old hand restoration
Referenced in the work of Brian Catley, Art deco and other figures, on page 265
Ferdinand Preiss is a sought after German sculptor, from the art deco perioda. Born in Germany, he is destined for a career as an engineer, but when his parents die when he is 15 years old, he apprentices with his uncle Ivory sculptor Phillip Willmann. Then he studied in Berlin at the Royal School of Art with Michael Kern.
From 1905, he founded the company Preiss & Kassler with Arthur Kassler: they create small ivory sculptures representing children, from old billiard balls.
From 1910, the company specializes in art deco sculptures in limited editions, mixing ivory painted bronze. Preiss will revolutionize the production of chryselephantines by using a dental drill to carve more precisely and quickly the ivory. He will design almost all models of modern women, sports ...
The company will close in 1943, with the disappearance of Ferdinand Preiss. The stock of his workshops in Berlin was destroyed shortly before the end of the war by a bomb.