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Anton Werres (German, 1830-1900)
Standing Figure of a Classical Allegorical Figure of Flora, modeled scantily clad and supporting flowers in her gown, inscribed WERRES Roma, ht. 44 1/2 in.
Note: Like many sculptors of this time, Werres studied antiquities for both technique and subject. In 1858 he traveled to Rome to study sculpture there until 1867 when he returned to his native Cologne. During his time in Rome he completed at least three mythological sculptures. One of the three is a piece titled Tribute to the God of Wine, which sold at Sotheby's in 2015 (Sale L15232 Lot 49) and was exhibited in the Exposition Universelle de 1867. The two other works, Flora and Venus and Cupid, were subsequently housed in the ‘Flora' Cologne's botanical garden. The sculpture Flora was purportedly housed in the Flora Temple which was demolished after World War II.
Overall very good condition with no significant scratches, chips, repairs, or losses. Approx. 1/2 chip to the base of the aloft left arm at the back. Scattered flea bites to left side of the chest. Some shallow chipping along the base, including an approx. 1/2 chip to the bottom front left corner and an approx. 3/4 in. chip to the left side. An approx. 1/2 in. chip to one of the draped folds to the back left.
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