Gustinus Ambrosi (Austrian, 1893-1975): A patinated bronze bust of a gentleman

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Lot 536TP
Gustinus Ambrosi (Austrian, 1893-1975): A patinated bronze bust of a gentleman

£ 600 - 800
US$ 780 - 1,000
Gustinus Ambrosi (Austrian, 1893-1975): A patinated bronze bust of a gentleman
the sitter modelled with wavy hair and moustache, signed 'Ambrosi, 1917,' raised on a wooden socle support on a square base, 52.5cm high

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  • The present lot came to the current owner by descent and is thought depict the father of a second cousin - Friedrich Neurath. Neaurath was from a well-known family in Vienna before World War Two and was a friend of Englebert Dolfuss - the Chancellor of Austria. The family were Jewish industrialists and escaped to England just before the outbreak of war. For additional photos or information please contact the department directly.

    Gustinus Ambrosi was born in Eisenstadt, Austria, in February 1893. His first passion was for music, but this was sadly crushed when due to an illness, he lost his hearing at seven years of age. He found solace in the world of sculpture and drawing. In 1912 the young artist enrolled at the Vienna Academy and studied under Josef Muller. His talent earned him the State Prize in 1913, which included the presentation of the artist's studio by the Emperor, Franz Joseph II.

    Ambrosi was commissioned by the Prince of Lichtenstein, Franz Joseph II, and by the Austrian President, Karl Renner, to sculpt their portraits. The Vatican commissioned him to produce busts for Pope Pius XI, Pius XII and Johannes XXIII.

    During his career, Ambrosi exhibited throughout Europe and remained active until his death in July 1975. As a tribute to the sculptor, the State opened the Gustinus Ambrosi Museum, with a permanent collection of his work, in Vienna in October 1978.
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