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Lot 8072: Carin Göring - a portrait bust by Prof. Constantin Starck (1866 - 1939), circa 1934/35
November 4, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Bronze with a beautiful green patina. Her facial features delicately sculptured, her hair pinned up at the nape of her neck. Signed at the nape of the neck on the left "Const. Starck", foundry stamp "Guss Heinze & Barth Berlin" on the plinth. Height of the bust 45 cm, mounted on a black, white and yellow marble pedestal, total height 50 cm, total weight 10.3 kg. Professor Karl Constantin Starck (born in 1866 in Riga - died in 1939 in Berlin), sculptor and medallist, studied from 1885 - 1887 at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and from 1887 - 1891 at the Berlin Academy of Arts under Albert Wolff, Fritz Schaper and Ernst Herter. He was a student in the master class of Reinhold Begas until 1898. In 1904, he was awarded a small gold medal at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition. A member of the Prussian Academy of Arts from 1908 until his death, he was appointed Senator in 1923. Among his most important works are the "Lyric" group of figures in Poznan (1910), the Children's Fountain at Barbarossaplatz in Berlin-Schöneberg (1912), the Flute Player and Daphne (1928) in the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden or the Tennis Player and the Golf Player (1930 and 1935 respectively) in Hanover. However, his portrait busts were outstanding, of which unfortunately very few have survived. Apart from Carin Göring, he created busts of Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther and Paul von Hindenburg, although the portrait of Carin Göring, finished posthumously in 1934, was probably one of his last works. In 1933, Hermann Göring wrote the entry "Liebermann - Carins Büste!" in his diary nevertheless, he went on to entrust Constantin Starck with the commission. Starck produced a bust in marble, which subsequently stood in the salon of Hermann Göring's palace at Leipzigerplatz 11a in Berlin. Delighted with the sculpture, Göring commissioned him to produce five copies of the bust in bronze. Three of these five busts were presented to Carin's sisters Lily, Mary and Fanny, and one to Carin's son Thomas von Kantzow the whereabouts of the fifth bust are unknown. Cf. Sabine Hannesen, Der Bildhauer Constantin Starck (1866 - 1939 - Leben und Werk, pp. 55-57), who ranks him as one of the most significant sculptors of the early modern era. Hannesen writes as follows about the bust of Carin Göring: (tr.) "Starck ultimately came to Hermann Göring's notice by virtue of his bust of Hitler (N.B. which was created in 1933).". He purchased (tr.) "a total of six portrait busts of Karin: one sculpture in marble and five in bronze.". Furthermore, entries in Starck's chronological workshop catalogue, with quotes from his accounts book, read as follows for cat. nos 199, 199a and 199 b-f (pp. 572 and 573): (tr.) "Cat. no. 199 - Bust of Karin Göring - 1934 - wax, partially tinted - autumn exhibition of the Berlin Academy of Arts, 1934, fig.", "cat. no. 199a - Bust of Karin Göring - 1935 - marble - accounts book V, 4.1.1935" with a quote from the accounts book (tr.) "Received the amount of 2000 marks from Göring for marble bust of his wife Karin" and "Cat. no. 199b-f - Bust of Karin Göring - bronze - Heinze & Barth, Berlin - accounts book V, 10.1.1935" with quotes from the accounts book (tr.) "Received the amount of 2000 marks from Göring for 5 bronze busts of his wife Karin" and (tr.) "Remitted 5000 marks on account to Heinze & Barth for 5 busts of Carin Göring.". Of the utmost rarity. From the estate of the Fock family in Sweden. This bust is one of three sculptures that were presented to Carin Göring's sisters.
Condition Report: I - II
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