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Bruno Zach (1891-1945)
‘The Riding Crop’.
An extremely rare, large bronze figure of a dominatrix holding her riding crop behind her back, upon a signed oval bronze sôcle. Signed ‘Bruno Zach’ in the bronze, circa 1924.
One of only two examples of this bronze that we have seen or owned in recent years.
Height overall: 32 inches (80 cm)
‘Art Deco’ by Victor Arwas, published 1992, page 230.
‘Art Deco and other Figures’ by Brian Catley, published 1978, page 305.
Of Ukrainian descent, Bruno Zach settled in Berlin where he immersed himself in the decadent demi-monde of the Weimar period. Living and associating with the underworld ‘Kabaret’ society of nightclubs, bars and houses of ill-repute, Zach drew his inspiration from ‘ladies of the night’, using one particular girl as the model for most of his erotic sculpture, including his master-work, ‘The Riding Crop’.
Rare in the extreme, this is the larger of the two sizes created by Zach. His work was cast by several foundries including Argentor of Vienna, Bergmann and Altmann AG. Zach died in a high-speed automobile crash outside Berlin in 1945.