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A Treasure Seeker by Carl Kauba

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Item Details

  • Width:
    5 5/8 Inches
  • Height:
    7 5/8 Inches
  • Period:
    Art Nouveau
  • Origin:
    Other Europe
  • Material:
  • Artist:
A young man searches for a particular treasure in this intriguing metamorphic sculpture by Carl Kauba. Finding this treasure is not so hard for the viewer, who simply has to lift the intrepid young man off the base to reveal the young women hidden beneath. Crafted of patinated and gilt-bronze, this piece exhibits all the detail for which Kauba's remarkable work is known.

Signed in the bronze C. Kauba and inscribed "A Treasure Seeker"

Circa 1920

5 5/8" wide x 7 5/8" high

Born in 1865 to a shoemaker, the Vienna-born Kauba became a well-known early 20th century sculptor of Native Americans and other western figures. A pupil of Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz in Austria, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and traveled widely in the American West, sketching and modeling, after spending two years in Paris. He is also noted for his "Naughties"- a collection of mechanical push button and metamorphic sculptures, which are highly desirable with collectors. In contrast to most artists, Kauba's business successes were equal to his artistic achievement throughout his life, and he was able to maintain for his wife and three children a comfortable lifestyle. Today, Kauba's work is in the Harmsen Collection of American Western Art.

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