Though signed by a little recorded artist, the present group is also recorded by Ferdinand Preiss (1883-1943), a German sculptor who trained in Paris and Berlin and was known for producing small figures in ivory and bronze. A nearly identical group by Preiss sold Christie’s, London, 5 July 2011 (£5,625).
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