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Goldscheider Captured Bird

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The classic Goldscheider Art Deco figure “Captured Bird” which was designed and first sculpted by the artist Josef Lorenzl in 1922.

Portraying the young dancer Niddy Impekoven, striding to the left with arms outstretched and her gossamer wing dress draping in such a way as to look like butterfly wings, it’s clear to see why this figure is also known as the Butterfly Girl. This is a sculpture that always attracts huge admiration. 

The success of this model at the time meant that it was made in a few different sizes and this is one of the larger examples at approximately 46 cm tall.

They were always beautifully painted, mostly in vibrant colours, and the dress here is in a vividly patterned shade of blue.  She stands on a black oval socle, also supported by a vase of pink roses and the whole effect is eye-catchingly dramatic.

Made circa 1925 and numbered on the underside 5230/1707/8.  The vase is signed Lorenzl.

Lit:  Dechant/Goldscheider p. 402 – also Pinhas p. 118 

Ref: 12106

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