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Georg Kolbe

Sitting Woman. 1926
Bronze / Height 28.5 cm.
Lot 681 / Estimate € 40,000 – 50,000,-

Monogrammed GK (joined) beneath the left buttock on the base, below which the mark "+.” Stamped with the foundry mark "H. NOACK/ BERLIN FRIEDENAU" on the bottom of the left foot. – With red shimmering brown, occasionally glistening patina. With random light traces of oxidation. – Probably an early, life-time cast of the beloved Kolbe sculpture, of which there are a total of ca. 80 casts, 66 of which were cast between 1926 and 1940.

Berger 91 with ill. p. 293

We thank Ursel Berger, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, and the Noack Foundry, Berlin, for confirmative information.

Provenance: formerly Eta Wellershaus-Oetker, Lower Saxony, acquired in the early 1930s; since then in private collection

Literature: Carl Georg Heise, Georg Kolbe: Zu seinen neuen Arbeiten, in: Das Kunstblatt, Nov. 1927 (II), p. 392; Georg Kolbe, 100 Lichtdrucktafeln, with an introduction by Richard Scheibe, Marburg 1931, in: exhib. cat. Georg Kolbe, Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover, Kunsthütte Chemnitz, Kunstverein Leipzig, 1933, plate 54, 55; Ludwig Justi, Georg Kolbe, Berlin 1931, ill. 22; Rudolf G. Binding, Vom Leben der Plastik, Inhalt und Schönheit des Werkes von Georg Kolbe, Berlin 1933/1941, p. 40

Exhibition: cf. 1997 Berlin and Bremen (Georg-Kolbe-Museum Berlin/Gerhard Marcks-Haus Bremen), cat. nr. 56, col. ill. p. 57