Prof. Otto Poertzel - A bronze Art Deco statue, "Feathered
Dancer", Germany circa 1930, the young dancer in a winged
feathered costume, cold-painted silver and mounted on a turned black
The crisp casting on this bronze is just superb and the
sculpture itself has a wonderful fluidity....this is an outstanding
Art Deco bronze and one that has been in the same family from new.
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
He is most well know for his beautiful Art Deco bronze figurines
(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