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was auctioned on: 2 October 2017
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FEMALE FIGURE HOLDING AN HOURGLASS Michael Powolny (Austrian, 1871-1954)

Opening: €5,000 - €10,000
ca. US$5,868 - US$11,737
Price realised:  €13,000
ca. US$15,258
Lot number 46, Views: 988

FEMALE FIGURE HOLDING AN HOURGLASS Michael Powolny (Austrian, 1871-1954)
Signature: signed on base Medium: glazed ceramic Dimensions: 33½ x 11in. (85.09 x 27.94cm) Provenance: Collection of Donal O'Sullivan (1893-1973) Irish scholar and politician; Thence by family descent to the present owner Exhibited: Literature: Michael Powolny was a sculptor, ceramist, designer, and teacher born in Judenburg, Austria. In 1906 along with Bertold Löffler he founded the Wiener Keramik workshop, which later became part of the Wi... iener Werkstätte. He died in Vienna and is remembered for his various individual sculptures and municipal monuments such as fountains and war memorials as well as designs for household objects. Four examples of his work can be found in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Donal O'Sullivan was clerk to the first Seanad (Irish parliament, 1922-1936) and a member of Seanad Éireann from 1943 to 1944 having been elected to the 4th Seanad in 1943 by the Cultural and Educational Panel. He was director of Studies in Irish Folk Music and Song in University College Dublin and a member of the International Folk Music Council. He wrote the book O'Carolan: Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper (London, 1958) reissued in 2001. O'Sullivan was part of the Irish delegation to the League of Nations (c.1922-1930) and it is thought the present work is likely to have been acquired during one of his travels in this capacity. more

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Auction house: Whyte & Sons Auctioneers Ltd
Date of the auction: 2 Oct 2017
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