Karl Kouba, Frog-warrior (Vienna bronze), 19th century


Karl Kouba, Warrior frog in fez (Vienna bronze), late 19th century – early 20th century

Painted Vienna bronze – a figurine representing a warrior frog in a red Turkish fez, with a rifle held in one hand, the other hand resting on the hilt of a large Turkish-style saber. It has a white cape tied around its neck and flowing down its back. The cape is decorated with blue and red trim and silver polka dots. A rare collector’s item in very good condition – slight traces of the passage of time (a bit dirty, paint worn here and there).

Vienna, late 19th century – early 20th century

Dimensions : 5 (height) x 3,5 x 3 cm.

Vienna bronzes are often small figures, usually in bronze, produced in Vienna from the middle of the 19th century. They gained immense popularity throughout Europe at that time. They are known for their excellent craftsmanship – sophisticated shapes, interesting, often amusing ideas, and in the case of painted bronzes, perfectly retained bright colors. These are sought-after collector’s items today.

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