Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton
Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton
Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton
Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton
Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton
Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton

CARL KAUBA (1865-1922)

Silvered Bronze Figure of a Skeleton

c. 1900 Austria

Offered by Peter Petrou

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The figure of the skeleton, striking a pose recalling the famous scene from Hamlet, rests his right foot on a volume inscribed "Hippocrates"* in Greek letters. This takes the traditional vanitas one step further; Death reflecting upon itself.

Kauba studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Professor Laufenberg and later under Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz. He personally directed the casting of his clay models in local foundries and was a very successful sculptor in his own lifetime.

*Hippocrates of Kos (460- 70 B.C.) is known as the 'father of western medicine'
Benezit Dictionary of Artists Vol 7
The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze by James Mackay pub. Antique Collectors Club 1977
Dimensions
Height 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Stock Code
1256/2589
Medium
Silvered Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed on the reverse of the hip bone C. Kauba
Peter Petrou

Peter Petrou
c/o BADA, 20 Rutland Gate
London
SW7 1BD
England

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