Der Flötenbläser. 1936. Bronze with gold-brown patina. Laur 596, 2 or 3 (of 3). Verso with the name and the foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin" and "Friedenau" presumably added at a later point. From an edition of 26 unnummbered copies from a complete edition of 32. Height: 58.7 cm (23.1 in). Cast by art foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin, after 1939. Other casts of the "Flötenbläsers" are in possession of, among others, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, the Ernst Barlach Stiftung, Hamburg, and the Kunsthalle Mannheim.
With an expertise from the Ernst Barlach Lizenverwaltung, Ratzeburg, dated May 2, 2018.
PROVENANCE: Otto Gerson Gallery, New York. Collection Julian & Leila Sobin, Boston (presumably between 1960-1998; acquired from aforementioned and consigned into following auction). Sotheby´s London, German and Austrian Art from the Julian and Leila Sobin Family Collection, December 8, 1998, lot 264. Presumably private collection (1998-2000; acquired in aforementioned auction and consigned into following auction). Sotheby`s London, Impressionist and Modern Art, Part 2, June 28, 2000, lot 232. Private collection Switzerkand (presumably acquired in aforementined auction, since in family possession).
EXHIBITION: Sculpture and sculptors drawings. Otto Gerson Gallery, New York 1959, no. illu.