Barwig Bär Relief

designed by: Franz Barwig the elder around 1900
ceramic, white body, colorfully painted and glazed
H 6 cm x L 31 cm x 27 cm
signed on the back with a brush F. Barwig, Villa Landau Semmering
Collection label in leather: Magda Mautner von Markhof
Magda Mautner Markhof already appeared as a young girl when she became co-founder of the "New Women's Club" together with her mother 1903. She was very artistic and graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Vienna under Alfred Roller and also undertook painting studies with Maurice Denis in Paris. Her dollhouse was the central object of a Secession exhibition under Adolf Böhm.
Magda was eager to assemble a collection of contemporary Austrian art. For example, she owned the Gustav Klimt painting Hoffnung I, 1903, originally owned by Fritz Waerndorfer. Klimt sketched her 1904. She also owned the Egon Schiele painting Herbstbaum in bewegter Luft.