1870 Frankfurt a. M. - 1960 Freiburg
Snake Charmer. Circa 1899
Bronze with brown patina
Total height: 145.5 cm.
Signed on the top of the plinth "F. Klimsch", verso foundry stamp "Guss v. H. Noack / Wilmersdorf".
The Noack foundry was located in Wilmersdorf between 1897-1899, which allows the date of the sculpture to be fairly acurately determined.
With a certificate of authenticity from Dr. Hermann Braun, Hanover, 13th August 2007. We thank you for your academic advice regarding the production of the sculpture, which he describes, with probability bordering on certainty, as a "first casting of great fineness".
Literatur: The Studio. An illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art, London 1990. Vol. Twenty, Studio-Talk, p. 58 with illustration (Figure with one-headed snake)
Braun, Hermann. Fritz Klimsch - Eine Dokumentation. Köln 1991. p. 303, No. 11; there referred to as metal casting; ill. p. 49 (there with a one-headed snake)
Exhibited: Great Berlin Art Exhibition, Berlin 1898, Cat. No. 1381 (probably figure with one-headed snake), with the remark "salable".
The sculptors August Gaul and Fritz Klimsch. Museum Giersch, Frankfurt / M. 2010. p. 176 (with full-page color ills., Zinc casting), p. 212f (very fine color detail)