A rare example of Art Deco’s most sought after sculptor. It is in exceptional condition , rising almost 24” tall sitting on a red mottled marble base. The carving of the ivory shows why his figures are in such demand. Only seeing it in person really lets one appreciate the beauty. Comes with Canadian entry papers from 1982 and 1988 evaluation.
Patinated Bronze Melancholy Statue by Jan Stursa (1880-1925) on marble base
“Štursa was not influenced by Czech National Revival as the older sculptors but tried to find his own way. The female body was his frequent motif, for example in “Before taking bath”, 1906  or “The Melancholy Girl”, 1906 . A monumental couple of figures decorates the pylons of Hlávka Bridge in Prague. In addition to stone and bronze he also used plaster and wax. Later, he was influenced by cubism. Portrait painting was an important part of his works.”