Wonderful and rare original Carl Kauba (1865-1922) gilt bronze of a Lady with sword and law book titled “Justitia”
Signed: C Kauba and Geschutzt 4889.
Height: 10.7 Inches with marble plinth. 5 inches wide
Condition: No issues
Carl Kauba. This Austrian sculptor was born in Vienna in 1865. His teachers were Karl Waschmann (1848-1905), known for his ivory sculptures and portrait plaquettes of contemporary celebrities, and Stefan Schwartz (1851-1924), who exhibited in Paris, including the Exposition Universelle of 1900 where he won a Gold Medal. Kauba’s intricate bronzes, imported to the United States between 1895 and 1912, were cast at the Roman Bronze Works. Kauba was part of the nineteenth-century tradition of polychrome bronze sculpture. There were several types of patinas on a single statue: he could render the color of buckskin, variously tinted shirts, blankets, feathers, as well as beaded moccasins. Reportedly, Kauba came to America around 1886. Inspired by the Western tales of German author Karl May, he traveled to the West and made sketches and models. Critics, however, pointed out inaccuracies of costume and other details. For instance, the guns that his “mid-19th-century” figures use are models produced after 1898. Apparently he did all of his works back in Vienna.
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