Original Bronze Art Deco Czech Sculpture for Skoda Automobiles
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Original Bronze Art Deco Czech Sculpture for Skoda Automobiles. The most famous car company from the Czech Republic with roots all the way from 1895 making bicycles, motorbikes and eventually making cars. They merged with Pizen Skodovka Co in 1925 and became ŠKODA. This impressive bronze Art Deco sculpture was produced at the ŠKODAWORKS Pilsen and was made for dignitaries and VIPs, not commercially for sa;e. It symbolized the production areas of this mechanical engineering group.
It emphasizes the images of machinery and mainly focuses on the Skoda logo which the woman is holding her arms and is also on the lower part of the sculpture base. There is great documentation on this symbol which became the logo or mascot for the car company. To learn more about the history of the Skoda car company there is a dedicated museum, click here to learn about the cars and their history.
From our research we have to consider the piece was originally designed by Otto Gutfreund, his most important work for Skoda was used to adorn the roof of the Škoda Palace located in the Prague 1 district. The original sculpture was taken down in the 1960s by the communist regime and it, unfortunately, subsequently perished.
We also contacted the museum’s archive director and they could not confirm the exact origin of our bronze but also suggested it might have been done by Jaroslav Dittrich. Sculptor, chiseler, artistic-industrial artist, restorer. He worked in Prague, later in Pilsen.
30″ T base is 9″ D x 9″ W