Richard Teschner, photo around 1925
Teschner, Richard, b. Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (then Karlsbad), March 22, 1879, d. Vienna, July 4, 1948, sculptor, painter, graphic artist, artisan. Studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts and at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. From 1909 in Vienna, worked for the Wiener Werkstätte; created elaborate stick puppets according to Javanese models as well as costumes and decorations, and wrote plays for his puppet theatre, performing them on a small, shrine-like stage, "Goldener Schrein", 1912-1932 and in the "Figurenspiegel" (concave mirror with light effects, preserved in the Austrian theatre museum in Vienna) 1932-1948. Also produced paintings and sculptures, book illuminations and ex-libris designs.
Literature: A. Roessler, R. T., 1947; F. Hadamowsky (ed.), R. T. und sein Figurenspiegel, 1956; Der künstlerische Nachlaß von R. T., 1964; R. T. (1879-1948). Ein Meister aus Böhmen. Eine Auswahl aus seinem Werk, 1979.