Sale: 439 / Modern Art II, Dec. 08. 2016 in Munich Lot 128

 
128
Georg Kolbe
Porträtkopf Paul Rohs, 1935.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 9,280
Sold:
€ 6,250 / $ 7.249

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Porträtkopf Paul Rohs. 1935.
Bronze with dark brown patina.
With monogram in ligature in lower right of plinth. With foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin Friedenau" on left side of plinth. 33.7 x 21 x 25.4 cm (13.2 x 8.2 x 10 in).
A photograph of this portrait plastic by Margit Schwartzkopff with a clear attribution of the depicted person is in possession of the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin.

With a written expertise from Dr. Ursel Berger dated 20 October 2016.

PROVENANCE: Collection Paul and Herta Rohs.
Private collection North Rhine Westphalia (inherited).

Essay
Paul Rohs' wife Herta was a friend of Käthe Kolbe. This portrait, presumably a commission work, has its origin in this friendship. A tendency towards a certain monumentality is obvious in Georg Kolbe's portrait plastics. Despite all individual facial features, Kolbe attains a standardized overall impression, a key aspect of monumentality. The massive head is carried by the chamfered plinth which leads to an optical elevation that, in return, adds remarkable balance to the head. Rohs portrait head clearly counts among Georg Kolbe's most mature achievements in sculpting. [KD]
128
Georg Kolbe
Porträtkopf Paul Rohs, 1935.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 9,280
Sold:
€ 6,250 / $ 7.249

(incl. 25% surcharge)