Deluxe copy

TESCHNER (Richard)Agnihotram (Opferfeuer). Indische Legenden nachgedichtet von Julie Jerusalem. Bilder und Buchschmuck von Richard Teschner.

Wien, Artur Wolf Verlag, [Druck der Elbemühl Papierfabriken und Graphische Industrie A.G.], (1926).

4to, publisher’s binding specially designed for Deluxe copies, full black shagreen gilt, smooth spine gilt, doublure and endpapers of pochoir-coloured fancy paper in blue and gold, top edge gilt. 92 pp., (2) pp. Complete.

Illustrated title, ornaments and 6 original plates hand-coloured by the artist.

First Edition.

The rare numbered and signed Deluxe issue on Japan paper limited to 250 copies in special binding, with all the plates signed in pencil by the great artist.

Richard Teschner (1879-1948), of Czech origin, one of the most notable representatives of Viennese Art Nouveau, was a man of exceptionally diverse gifts: he was a painter, graphic designer, sculptor, puppeteer and much more.

The artist studied at the Academy of Arts in Prague (1896-1899), at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts, 1900) in Vienna, and became a member of the Wiener Werkstätte. With his revolutionary theatre of figures, he created an integrated theatrical work of art encompassing everything from puppets to plays, stagecraft and incidental music. Using the Javanese rod-puppets as his model (he had become interested in the rod-puppet figures brought by Dutch explorers from Java while travelling in the Netherlands), he developed a new, expressive puppet variety for his pantomimic plays. Overcoming the traditional proscenium stage led to the unique round of the Figure Mirror, which gave rise to images of great beauty and suggestive effect. Teschner’s work with rod puppets influenced leaders of the 20th-century puppet revival and contributed significantly to the popularity of rod-puppet theatres throughout Europe and the United States.

A fine copy.

Ref. World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Art

Price: 750,00 euros

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