Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 216

 

216
August Gaul
Schreitendes Reh / Sicherndes Reh, Um 1918.
2Bronzes with dark brown patina
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 11,600
Sold:
€ 10,000 / $ 11.600

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Schreitendes Reh / Sicherndes Reh. Um 1918.
2Bronzes with dark brown patina.
Gabler 266 and 267 (there with a height of 28.5 cm). Each with name and number "VI" on the side of the plinth. Cast aside from the edition of only 2 lifetime casts and a maximum of 10 estate casts at Galerie Cassirer. Each up to ca. 32.2 x 36 x 10 cm (12.6 x 14.1 x 3.9 in).
The two deer go back to Gaul's unexecuted draft for the Walter-Leistikow monument from 1913. The lower height of 18.5/29 cm as mentioned in the literature is presumably owed to a measure including the upper cast plinth, however, without the stronger second plinth below. [JS].
• Rare pair of deer originally conceived as counterparts for the Walter-Leistikow monument in 1913.
• August Gaul was among the Berlin Secession founding members and was, next to Renée Sintenis, one of Germany's highest renowned modernist animal sculptors.
• In 2011 the Liebermann Villa on Wannsee honored the protagonist of the Berlin Secession with the exhibition "Ein Zoo für Haus und Garten. Bronzen, Zeichnungen und Graphiken von August Gaul"
• In the early 20th century Gaul's animal sculptures did not only adorn the garden of his friend Max Liebermann, but were also found in many private gardens of the upper class
.

We are grateful to Dr. Josephine Gabler, Berlin, for her kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Art trader Gronert, Berlin.
Private collection Berlin (acquired from aforementioned).

EXHIBITION: (each presumably different copy):
Akademie der Künste Berlin, Berlin 1919.
Galerie Paul Cassierer, Berlin 1919.

LITERATURE: (in selection):
Angelo Walther, der Bilhauer August Gaul. Leben und Werk, Leipzig 1961, cat. no. 132/133.
Roland Dorn, register of bronzes at Paul Cassirer, in: Ursel Berger (editor), der Tierbildhauer August Gaul, ex. cat. Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin 1999, p. 81, cat. no. 71 (here with the title "Reh I und II" and with a height of 29 and 32 cm respectively).




216
August Gaul
Schreitendes Reh / Sicherndes Reh, Um 1918.
2Bronzes with dark brown patina
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 11,600
Sold:
€ 10,000 / $ 11.600

(incl. 25% surcharge)