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Richard Rohac Native American Bronze Bust, circa 1950

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    Posted 2 years ago

    Alan2310
    (866 items)

    I found this magnificent bronze mind century sculpture at my local Salvation, made by Richard Rohac 1906-1956, a well known Artist from Austria , very well made Native American Warrior.
    Mark underneath with a reverse "RR" and "made and Austria", show on picture #4
    This bronze stand 10.25 inches tall by 4.50 inches wide.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------Richard Rophac 1906-1956-------------------------------------------------------------
    Richard Rohac was virtually unknown outside of Austria in his lifetime. His work was sold internationally with only his logo (and "Made in Austria") to identify its source, a common enough practice at the time. This anonymity led to Rohac's design work being mistakenly attributed to someone else with the same initials.[1] In his 1996 reference book Art Deco Sculpture & Metalware, Alfred W. Edward presented eleven colour plates of Rohac's work, captioned as bearing the "Rena Rosenthal touchmark." This "touchmark" was actually the maker's mark of Richard Rohac (mirror image capital Rs inside of a box), which Edward illustrated on page 67 of his book.

    Confusion persists on this point in the antiques world despite the emergence of the truth documented in several sources. In his 1999 reference work The Ultimate Corkscrew Book, Donald A. Bull includes photographs of two figural corkscrews, a cat and a dog, and describes the trademark as "backward R/forward R."
    Ten years later, in Figural Corkscrews, Bull pictures the same two items, and four others, captioned "with the trademark of Richard Rohac."The mistaken attribution is mentioned in Corkscrews (2009). In her 2011 exhibit catalogue, art historian and journalist Olga Kronsteiner expressly contradicts the Rena Rosenthal attribution.

    Rohac began and completed his apprenticeship with Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien in Vienna as a teenager, and stayed with the workshop another nine years before opening his own metalwork business in 1932.

    Rohac’s career was interrupted by military service and a period of internment in Greece. On his return to Vienna, he reopened his workshop and began producing the types of household items that had been lost or destroyed during wartime bombings. Products from this period are likely to be stamped "ROHAC WIEN."

    When a market emerged again for decorative objects, Rohac turned his talents to the design and production of busts and sculptures, as well as everything from desk and smoking accessories to corkscrews to bookends to pretzel holders to candlesticks. He specialized in exotic – for the 1950s – African and Asian figures, and jungle animals. His "backward R/forward R" maker’s mark dates to that period, and appears on objects sold internationally through the export company Gebr. Gödde (Gödde Brothers).

    Rohac’s work was featured in an American newsreel on Austrian arts and crafts; one of his African busts was a state gift from Austria to the president of Mexico.

    He died in Vienna in 1956.

    Comments

    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Wow Alan! What a fantastic find! Great write up also... You are just the luckiest man!!! I hope your luck continues thru this coming year and many after that. Truly amazing ;)
    2. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      Thanks share, you just a pearl like no other, many thanks for the comments, and appreciation of this post.
      Truly
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 2 years ago
      You seem to be starting out the New Year quite well Alan..but you've always had the best luck and also finding the most gorgeous glass I've ever seen ! :)
    4. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
      That is stunning!
    5. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 2 years ago
      What a find !! What a great find, especially at SA. It's spectacular.
      Well done ! :)
    6. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Amazing find Alan, it is fantastic.
      Such great info too, you obviously spent quite some time researching this.
      I'm looking forward to the rest of your year's spectacular discoveries!
    7. lzenglish, 2 years ago
      Another great find, and write up Alan!
    8. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      Mike, sorry for the overdue reply, many thanks my friend for the very kind comment, always being very lucky, not on every branch of my life but, collectable i was and still very lucky, i start to not mention where and How much i pay, well, you know the reason, it is because of some individual here think it is BS, that's also the reason why i stay little more away of CW.
    9. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      Celiene, same as for Mike above, i am deeply sorry for the very long time without reply, always very much appreciated your visit on my post, also thank you for the appreciation of this post.
      Take care....;-)
    10. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      nutsabotas6, yes indeed, it's not every day this is happen, sorry for the very late reply on this Post, many thanks for the comment and appreciation.
    11. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      racer4four, sorry for the overdue reply, well being really busy lately, hummm.
      Not really any merit for the search you know, available online, very fast search.
      But thanks for the kind comment and appreciation.
    12. Alan2310 Alan2310, 2 years ago
      lzenglish, sorry for the very long delay to reply.
      Long time no see, hope you doing well, my friend.
      Many thanks for the kind comment and appreciation.
    13. AmandaAddamsAuctions AmandaAddamsAuctions, 1 year ago
      Great item, extremely rare, in the 20 years I have collected Hagenauer , Rohac, Ravelli, and Anzengruber , this is the first time I have seen this American Indian bust, what a great find, well done

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