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May 16, 2014 04:00 PMCalender

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945) Die Klage

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2728BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 16, 2014 4:00PM


Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945)

Die Klage / A Posthumous Casting
Signed "KOLLWITZ" within the cast along left side, foundry stamped "ROMAN BRONZE
WORKS INC N.Y." and "No. 2-b1" on the base.
Bronze with dark brown patina, 10 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (27.0 x 26.4 cm).
Condition: Minor surface grime.

Provenance: Collection of Max (1913-1986) and Jeanne (née Jean Leonard) Wasserman (1915-2006),Cambridge, Massachusetts; by family descent to the present owners.

N.B. Jeanne L. Wasserman was the Honorary Curator of 19th- and 20th-Century Sculpture at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, from 1969-c.1987, the author of Daumier Sculpture: A Critical and Comparative Study, as well as a lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston.

Mrs. Wasserman commissioned the American foundry Roman Bronze Works in 1961 to cast Die Klage in a bronze edition of 3 after one of two original plaster purchased from Hyman Swetzoff of Swetzoff Gallery in December 1958. (1)

The work will be included as a posthumous casting in The Catalogue Raisonne of the Sculptural Work by Käthe Kollwitz, prepared by Annette Seeler, and we wish to thank Ms. Seeler for her kind assistance.

(1) Roman Bronze Works Archive, Client Cards, Mrs. Max Wasserman Client Card, Amon Carter Museum of American Art Archives, Fort Worth, Texas.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

No additional condition issues to report.

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B. Jeanne L. Wasserman, Cambridge, Jean Leonard, Swetzoff Gallery, Jeanne, Massachusetts, Max, Honorary Curator, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Institute of Contemporary Arts, lecturer