Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss
(1882 - 1943)
Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss was active/lived in Germany, Austria. Johann Preiss is known for ivory, bronze and wood figure carving, sculpture.
Biography Johann Philipp Ferdinand Preiss
Ferdinand Preiss was born on the 13th February 1882 in Erbach in the Odenwald, Germany. When he was 15 years old his parents died, one shortly after the other, and the six children were looked after by friends and relatives. Ferdinand lived with the family of the then famous ivory carver Philipp Willmann, where he was trained to be an ivory carver. In 1901 he left Willmann's workshop and travelled to Mailand, Rome and Paris. He earned his living as a modeller.
In Baden-Baden he got to know Arthur Kassler who became his companion. With him he founded the company Preiss & Kassler, an ivory*-carving business with a workshop in Berlin.
In 1907 he married a Berliner, Margarethe Hilme. Soon afterwards his son Harry and his daugh
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