29 October 2013
CZESCHKA, Carl Otto (1878-1960), illustrator, designer -- KEIM, Franz (1840-1918). Die Nibelungen. Vienna and Leipzig: Gerlach and Wiedling, .
16o (145 x 134 mm). 8 double-page lithographs heightened in gold, after Carl Otto Czeschka. Original cloth-backed boards (some light fading to spine, minor rubbing and staining to sides); folding case. Provenance: acquired from Ars Libri, 1993.
FIRST EDTION. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PUBLICATIONS OF THE VIENNESE ART NOUVEAU. Carl Otto Czeschka studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Vienna and taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna from 1902 to 1907. He officially joined the Wiener Werkstätte in 1905 but three years later, he resigned to take a teaching post at Hamburgs' Kunstgewerbeschule. He continued to submit designs for several years and exhibited with the Wiener Werkstätte until 1915. Czeschka was one of the leading disseminators of the Wiener Werkstätte style. He designed for a variety of media including jewellery, metalwork, textiles, furniture and graphic design. Heller S. 158. Rifkind I, S. 129 Stuckvilla 356.
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