05-18-2012 05-18-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2598B Boston
May 18, 2012 12:00 PMCalender

Georg Kolbe (German, 1877-1947) Skizze zu Wolkenfahrt

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2598B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 18, 2012 12:00PM


Georg Kolbe (German, 1877-1947)

Skizze zu Wolkenfahrt, 1925
Monogrammed "GK" within the cast on base, foundry stamped "H. NOACK/ BERLIN
FRIEDENAU on the base, identified on a label from the DeCordova Museum (see below) and with a label fragment from the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, underneath the plinth.
Bronze with dark brown patina, 12 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (30.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm), mounted to a granite plinth.
Condition: Surface dust.

Provenance: Acquired by Swetzoff in Germany c. January 19, 1952; purchased from Hyman Swetzoff on March 18, 1952; private Massachusetts collection.

Literature: Ursel Berger, Georg Kolbe--Leben und Werk mit dem Katalog der Kolbe-Plastiken im Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin: Ger. Mann Verlag, 1990, Kat. 73, p. 278.

Exhibitions: XXth-Century Germanic Art from Private Collections of Greater Boston, March 23 to May 1, 1961, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Art from Lexington Homes, May 14 to May 22, 1966, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, no. S.E. 292.
N.B. Kolbe devoted himself to figurative sculpture, and is perhaps best-known for his classical female nude Alba (Dawn) which was commissioned for the German Pavilion of the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona by Mies van der Rohe.

The present work is one of four known casts in bronze of this study for Wolkenfahrt; the couple depicted is based on Dante's tragic lovers, Paolo and Francesca.

We wish to thank Dr. Ursel Berger of the Georg Kolbe Museum for his kind assistance cataloguing the lot.

Estimate $40,000-50,000

Minor chips/wear to plinth. Dust to interstices. No other condition issues to report. According to Dr. Berger, the work is believed to have been cast ca. 1927/1928 based on the foundry mark.


Georg Kolbe, Massachusetts, Ursel Berger, DeCordova Museum, Cambridge, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Swetzoff, Germany, Lincoln, Paolo , German Pavilion, Barcelona, Francesca, Georg Kolbe Museum