A fine and highly impressive St George and the Dragon car mascot by Carl Kauba, Austrian, 1920. Signed under pseudonym C.Thenn to side of base, and with the 'Thenn Copyright Vienna' foundry stamp to rear of base, depicting the Patron Saint of England, St George, in full armour on horseback, victorious over the writhing dragon.
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Measurements : 190mm high.
Condition : Outstanding with amazing detail everywhere. Signature and foundry stampings are crisp and clear. Nickel plating is original in absolutely superb condition. Mounted on a fine original 1920 nickel radiator cap on an exquisite turned Beech wooden display base
Sculptor: Carl Kauba (Austrian 1865-1922)
The son of an Austrian shoemaker, Carl Kauba was born on August 13, 1865. He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with professor Laufenberg, Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz and in 1886 he spent 2 years in Paris. His western polychrome bronze subjects are highly sought after,and his very few exquisite car mascots like this one even more so. Kauba also worked under the name of T.Curts, and C. Thenn -- quite possibly for copyright reasons in Vienna, as he worked for more than one foundry. Thus it is quite normal to find identical sculptures with any of these signatures.