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BRUNO ZACH (Austrian 1891-1945) A PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL TABLE LAMP, "Lady with Barking Dog and Mischievous Monkey," circa 1920, modeled as a scantily clad maiden seated on a cushioned stool, while clutching her pet dog on her shoulder as it barks at a mischievous monkey teasing the pet dog with a mirror while climbing from the safety of an Ionic column, raised on an oval black marble base, stamped on underside of stool, "AUSTRIA," incised on underside of marble base "AUSTRIA." Height: 22" NOTE: A virtually identical bronze sculpture was sold Christie's, South Kensington, 22 November 2011, lot 380 for $8,809. Bruno Zach an accomplished sculptor, was born in Schitomir, Ukraine, in May 1891, and later emigrated to Vienna, where he is recorded as studying at the Vienna Academy under the well known sculptors Hans Bitterlich (1860-1949) and Joseph Mullner (1879-1968). Zach is known to have worked with a number of Viennese foundries, sculpting figurative works in a variety of styles such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Western, Sporting, Orientaliste, among others. His oeuvre would be considered decorative were it not for his success in interpreting eroticism in subtle yet perceivable ways. This was at a time of increased popularity for small figural works, hence the parallel increase of foundries in Vienna, including "Vienna Bronze." Another current of influence at the time was the groundbreaking observations on sexuality by Dr. Freud. Zach's often mere suggestion of an erotic fetish recognizes these without being too objectionable and can be found in one of his most successful works, "The Riding Crop." Interestingly, he also signed some works with a pseudonym "Tuch," "Prof Tuch," and "K. Salat." Bruno Zach died in Vienna February 6,1945. His popularity has remained with us and is evident today by the sale of his sculptures throughout the world.

  • Mild scratches, some dust debris, but overall in very good condition, wear commensurate with age and use.

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