A lovely bronze sculptural object. We have available a Bronze figure of a seated Camel, in a naturalistic style, signed and dated F. Gornik 1923. Gornik (1877-1943) Austrian. Visible on the side of the bronze is the Berndorf foundry stamp (Austria). It measures 5 ¾” L x 3 ¼” W x 3 ½” H. and is in excellent condition, casting is superb!
Friedrich Gornik attended a technical school in Villach before he studied and worked for a year with Theodor Charlemont in Vienna. Afterwards (1897-1905) he studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, which he completed with a travel scholarship. At an exhibition in Villach in 1903, he presented his works, including ceramic animal representations, partly for lighting fixtures, as well as designs for vases and bowls. Subsequently, Gornik created large animal figures in plaster, which were cast by other artists and were inspired by his own zoological studies in the Schönbrunn Zoo. A naturalistic horse group, the Troika, was bought by Emperor Franz Joseph I and is now in the imperial villa in Bad Ischl.