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Josef Lorenzl (1892
Vienna - 1950 Vienna),
a bronze sculptor and ceramicist of the Art Deco period. A
prolific and talented artist working in the early part of the 20th
Century Josef Lorenzl (original spelling Laurenzl) started his
career working at a foundry in the Vienna Arsenal (a military
storage complex located in the south-eastern part of Vienna) where
he learned the techniques of bronze casting. Here Lorenzl designed
bronze and chryselephantine
(a Greek word for precious metals and bronze combined with ivory)
statues and also works in spelter.
Lorenzl's signature style became slim dancers with long legs
and exuberant movement. Many of these are "scarf dancers" and
the signature "Crejo”
also appears on some bronze figures when floral or geometric
decoration has been painted onto the cold-painted finish of the
clothing (this applied decoration usually has an advantageous
effect on prices). Examples of Lorenzl's statues can be also be
found mounted on clocks, bookends and lamps.
Because of the success of his bronze figures Lorenzl was
approached by the firm of Goldscheider
to design pottery figures for them, eventually working from a
studio on the company grounds (he also brought Stefan
Dakon into the company). As with his chryselephantine
pieces, his ceramic works were in great demand and became the
embodiment of the Art Deco period. Famous among these is "The
Butterfly Girl" modeled after the famous dancer Niddy
Impekoven who worked in the 1920s. Many other works were
inspired by photographic models and cabaret and film stars of the
1920s and 30s. Lorenzl also designed figures for other ceramic
firms which included Hertwig and Keramos.
Josef Lorenzl's beautiful sculptures are emblematic of
the early 20th Century's embracing of dynamism, futurism,
modernity and the testament to his design skills is that his
Art Deco figures are still
decorating the homes of the 21st Century.