Professor Otto Poertzel - An Art Deco bronze figurine "Bat
Dancer", Germany circa 1920's, the stylised dancer with cape
inset with glass stones, mounted on a shaped marble base-
Hermann Hugo Otto Poertzel (Poertzl) 1876 - 1963.
The son of a porcelain designer and decorater and
born in Scheibe Germany, he served as an apprentice at the A. W.
Fr. Kister porcelain factory and in 1983 began a three years
course of studies at the Sonneberg Technischen Akademie für
Porzellan working under Reinhard Möller. From 1900 he worked
independently in Coberg and moved to Munich in 1908 starting his
own workshop. He took part in many International exhibitions such
as the 1904 St Louis World's Fair and the 1910 Brussels
International Art Exhibition.
He is most well know for his beautiful Art Deco bronzes (often
with carved ivory) depicting dancers, cabaret and film stars as
well as fashionable young women with his bronzes being cast first
by Rosenthal und Maeder and then later Preiss & Kassler in
Berlin (where he shared a studio with Ferdinand Preiss).
The honorary title of Professor was bestowed on him by the German