Art Deco period ormolu and onyx figure of a dancer by Lorenzl

By Lorenzl, Josef (Austrian, 1892-1950)


Josef Lorenzl expertly formed and crafted a vivacious female dancer, her form typical of the Art Deco period popular during the early 20th century.


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This magnificent figure was expertly crafted by Josef Lorenzl (1892-1950), one of the leading Austrian Art Deco sculptors.

The elegant ormolu (gilt bronze) figure depicts a young female dancer. Josef Lorenzl depicted her standing on one leg, the second raised. Both arms are extended on either side creating feelings of joy and carelessness. While balancing on one leg, the figure represents the dancer frozen in time during a flawless dance move.

Her facial expression appears to be happy, and her eyes are open. The flowing hair suggests the dancer is energetic and showcasing a lively dance performance. The dancer is portrayed naked, however, the subtle features executed by the Austrian sculptor create an elegant depiction of a happy dancer.

A cuboid onyx plinth standing on a square base supports Lorenzl’s sculpture. The olive-green of the onyx in addition to the naturally occurring cream and orange colouration create a magnificent composition with the shining gold ormolu.

This decorative object is signed ‘LORENZL’ on the round gilt bronze base on which the lady stands.

This delicate and charming figure is a superb decorative piece for the appropriate setting, celebrating the achievements of Austrian Art Deco artists.


Artist / Maker
By Lorenzl, Josef (Austrian, 1892-1950)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1925
Early 20th Century
Art Deco, Figurative Art
Onyx, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Green


25.5 cm / 9.8 inches
12 cm / 4.7 inches
7 cm / 2.8 inches


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