Fritz Ferdinand Preiss
Hoop Girl’, A Fine Cold Painted Bronze and Ivory Figure
Austrian, Circa 1925.
Height: 20 cm / 8 inches
Hoop Girl, A Fine Cold Painted Bronze and Ivory Figure, cast from a model by Ferdinand Preiss.
The girl is standing attired in a play suit with a floral motif on the bodice, with one arm behind her back holding a stick and the other outstretched supporting a hoop. She is raised on a green onyx base with an incised signature to base.
The combination of ivory and bronze, with the ivory representing the exposed flesh and the bronze the clothing, was exploited to the full during the 1920’s and 1930’s (the art deco period). This was mainly due to the surplus ivory from the Belgian Congo, which led to the production of many figures of various sizes in ivory, with better quality works including bronze, gold, or silver. The works were mounted on to bases, often of green Brazilian onyx which was sometimes combined with black marble or onyx.
Bryan Catley, Art Deco and other Figures, Baron 1978, pp. 267.