The figure depicts two pheasants, standing on an oval base, which is mounted on a marble plinth. The birds are in a peaceful pose with their tails clearly protruding from the base of the figure.
Signed on the base Prof.Poertzel-Weissbrodt
Patinated bronze, marble, early 20th century.
Otto Poertzel-Weissbrodt (Scheibe 1876 – 1963 Coburg) was a German sculptor associated with the city of Coburg, where he taught sculpture at the local School of Crafts. Poertzel was known, among other things, for his bronze and ivory statues in the Art Deco style, with which he gracefully depicted animals and people (dancers, movie stars and elegant young women). Otto Poertzel participated in many international art exhibitions, such as the World Exhibition in St. Louis in 1904 and the International Art Exhibition in Brussels (1910). In the 1920s and 1930s Poertzel received numerous commissions for portrait busts of various family members from the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. From 1931 to 1938 he worked for Max Roesler Feinsteingutfabrik in Rhodes. On July 19, 1913, Prince Carl Eduard conferred the title of “Professor” on Otto Poertzel, and he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the House of Ernestine. He was a founding member of the Coburg Art Association and a member of the Association of Reich Artists in Germany, for many years chairman of the examination committee of industry and journeymen, and honorary chairman of the Association for the Protection of Artists.
34 x 108 x 16 cm