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"Male Athlete with Kettlebell", Rare Bronze Sculpture with Male Nude by Seifert

About the Item

This highly rare bronze of a nude male athlete preparing to left a heavy kettlebell weight was sculpted by an Austrian artist, Franz Seifert, in 1922. Although Seifert is known for his nude figures straining to accomplish physical tasks -- such as carrying a large bucket or splitting a stone -- this sculpture is the only example known to exist. A decade after this sculpture was cast, Seifert carved a marble portrait of Siegfried Marcus, inventor of the gasoline-powered car, for a monument in Vienna, which includes a nude male figure in bas relief racing forward on the upper edge of an automobile wheel. He also created a large sculpture grouping honoring Empress Elizabeth of Austria for the Piazza della Libertà in Trieste. This bronze is signed and marked "Austria."
  • Creator:
    Franz Seifert (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 14.5 in (36.83 cm)Width: 10 in (25.4 cm)Depth: 7.5 in (19.05 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Bronze,Cast
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1922
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall excellent; minor rubbing to patina here and there.
  • Seller Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU865135780902
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