Bohumír Frantisek Antonín Cermak (Czech1882 -1961) " Die Sünde "  (The Sin) ( Eve). The present sculpture is inspired by the works of his mentor and teacher, Austrian symbolist artist Otto Wagner (1841-1918), and by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). It also bears considerable similarity to certain symbolist sculptures and works by Franz Von Stuck (1863 - 1928).

High quality cast bronze sculpture of Eve, with gilded hair, her body in antique brown and also with applied gilding to her anklets. Her head is encircled with a dark brown/black snake with dark green highlights and decorative markings. Artists signature inscribed and illegible date (either19 '07 or 19 '04),  and with full foundry marks and stamps for Bedrich Bendelmayer of Prague, the premier caster and founder in Prague of fine art sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th century.

There are many design elements in the snake's markings similar to metal work details created by this artist in his works dating to around 1910. Bohumír Cermak's work before the First World War demonstrated principles of Viennese Modernism. He followed in the footsteps of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. After returning to the Czech Republic he founded  The Cermak Handicraft Workshop in Brno (1910). His studio designed ceramics and unusual metal work in the secessionist style. Cermak was also an architect of  buildings (notably the Brno Exhibition Centre). He was also involved in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including the United States. The city of Brno is the second largest city after Prague in Czech Republic and has always been a hot bed for artists called"Moravians". Brno was the first city at the turn of the 20th century to be connected directly by rail to Vienna .
Dimensions: Height 25.5 inches or 65.5 cm


Bohumír Cermák,     Villa Andera life size bronze sculpture 1934             Source: Brno Secesni 1934


Bohumír Cermák,  Bronze sculpture and interior vestibule of a residential building, 1912 Source: Brno Secesni 1912


Bohumír Cermák,    Highly Important  Poly chrome and enamel gilded metal jardiniere       Source :  Dorotheum Vienna November 25 th 2010 lot 932 : Work from 1910/1812
Bohumír Cermák,        Bronze Bonbonierre 1910            Source : Auction House Zezula March 21 st 2009 Brno

Barthelemi Felix Victor Emmanuel Villanis ( Italian / French ,1858- 1914)  "Sculpture" Edited in two sizes, this being the largest of the two and the rarest. An amusing sculpture of an artist working in an atelier on  a likeness of herself.
The smaller version is illustrated in the extensive biography of the artist by Jose Hortulanus- de Mik - Emmanuel Villanis  published 2002 -  page 74.  Bronze sculpture and bronze turning base, signed. Cast circa 1900
Dimensions: Height 27 & 1/2 inches


Otto Gutfreund (Czech 1889-1927) "Don Quijote halva (Don Quixote head)" bronze. The present work was conceived in plaster during the years 1911-1912. This particular bronze cast dates from 1970. With a medium olive green patina and signed Gutfreund on the lower front of the cast.
Dimensions:  Height 15 inches


Edgardo Simone (Italian/American, b. Brindisi Italy 1890, d. 1948 Hollywood California)." Le tre Grazie"  A possibly unique sculpture of the three graces as water sprites dancing around a scallop shell bird bath.The son of a Brindisi doctor, Simone studied at the Beaux Arts Academy in Rome from 1906-1913. He worked in New York, Chicago and California after immigrating from Italy .
Signed Edgardo.Simone .Foundry markings for Lagana Napoli  Italy.
Dimensions: Height 17 &1/2 inches


Francesco De Matteis ( Italian1852-1917) A rare, circa 1900, model by Neapolitan sculpor De Matteis of a young woman carrying wine vessels as she walks down a staircase in a provocative pose. De Matteis was a widely collected sculptor whose works depicted Southern Italian portrayals of daily life. Signed.
Dimensions : Height 22&1/2 inches.


Carl Kauba (Austrian 1865-1922) "Ajax ". Vienna Bronze sculpture of Ajax from  Homer's Iliad. Superbly executed bronze cast in a antique brown patina of a majestic Ajax, surrounded by his weapons of war, seated on an intricate striated black marble base (engraved with the title Ajax).
Dimensions: Height 12 &1/4 inches


Paul Ludwig Kowalczewski (German 1865-1910)  The Seduction of Danae . Unsigned bronze sculpture without a base.
Dimensions: Width 11 inches by7 &1/2 inches in height by 7 &1/4 inches in depth.


German or Austrian circa 1919 bronze sculpture of muscular semi-nude male in a loin cloth hurling a rock, possibly portraying Samson or Hercules.
High quality cast on a striated back marble base. Antique green/ brown patina.
Dimensions: Height 10 &1/4 inches


Matthias Bechtold (German 1886-1940) A highly unusual and sexually charged bronze sculpture of a lascivious satyr, flicking his tongue in erotic abandon as he gazes into the eyes of a rapturous nymph. He cups her breast in his left hand, while cracking her thigh with his right hand as he mounts her from the rear. The nymph gazes upward while tightly clasping the satyr's right ear and pulling him downward in erotic abandon.
Signed and dated 1919.
Dimensions : Total height 10 inches by 10 inches in width.


Karel Pokorny (Czech, 1891-1962) "Ostrava  ".
Ostrava is known as the “steel heart of the republic” A Monumental life sized bust with foundry marks for Bartak Praha and painted white numerals ( usually the indication of museum inventory numbers.)
Pokorný studied in Prague at the School of Industrial Arts from 1911 to 1914 and at the Academy of Arts with J. V. Mysl-bek from 1914 to 1917. Continuing in the realistic tradition of 19th-century Bohemian art, he expressed socialist ideas in his work even before World War II. His works in bronze include the monuments to lost miners in Lazy (1925) and Osek (1936–38), reliefs for the National Monument in Prague (1936–38), the monument Fraternization in the city of Česká Třebová (completed in 1950), and monuments to A. Jirásek (1952) and B. Nĕmcová (unveiled in 1954) in Prague

Sculpture is known as" Ostrava " Illustrated page 40 & 41
Karel Pokorny. Uvodni Studii Napsal.

Published by Statni nakladatelstvi/ Krasne Literatury, Praha, 195

Dimensions: Height 20 inches by 24 inches in length by 17 &1/2 inches in depth



Francesco Giuseppe Thyllmani (Italian, 1862-1936) A very rare late 19th /early 20th century bronze monumental in the realist Italian school, Satyr drinking wine.  Apparently unsigned.
Dimensions: Height of bronze 32 inches by 22 inches in width by 19 inches in depth


Ferdinand Liebermann (1883-1941) German circa 1919 bronze sculpture of a nude Amazonian nude woman with her bulldog. The sculpture unsigned but is fitted to a purpose carved wood base by the artist that has initials FL. This is possibly a sketch for a larger bronze
Dimensions: Height 13 &1/2 inches


Well modeled and Illegibly signed  Barbaritos ? and marked Lisboa bronze tennis player circa 1930 displaying a backhand stroke with a polychrome gold patina.
Dimensions: Total height 7 inches.