Lot 150: Lazarus Posen Witwe, Allegory of Architecture, Silver, c. 1890
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
800 silver, cast, chased, engraved, ebony, gold, enamel, lapiz lazuli, moss agate
Frankfurt, Germany, circa 1890
Lazarus Posen Witwe - Jewish silver manufacturer in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin
Hallmarked with manufacturer's mark, fineness, crescent & crown as well as another illegible mark
Sculptural worked antique female figure with the attributes compass in her left and rolled out plan in her right hand, by her side a caching putto with torch
Solid, multi stepped, polygonal base with columns and vases as well as four plates, thereon the Berlin armorial-bear, imperial eagle and engraved dedication 'Herrn Paul Wallot in dankbarer Anerkennung / gewidmet von der Frankfurter Societäts Druckerei 1880'
Overall dimensions: height: c. 32 cm; diameter: c. 16 cm
Exhibition: Frankfurts demokratische Moderne und Leopold Sonnemann, Jude-Verleger-Politiker-Mäzen, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, 29.10.2009-28.02.2010, cat. no. C 361, pict. in the catalogue, p. 112
Enclosed exhibition catalogue
Leopold Sonnemann ordered this sculpture as a present in appreciation for the later Berlin Reichstag architect Paul Wallot, who examined the new building planes of the Frankfurt 'Societätsdruckerei' a short time before
The statue is in very good age-related condition with only minor traces of usage and oxidation.
Lazarus Posen Witwe
Lazarus Posen Witwe was founded in Frankfurt on the Main in 1869 by Brendina Wetzlar, the widow of Lazarus Jacob Posen, a silversmith and retailer of Polish descent. The manufacture became the largest supplier of Judaica in the late 19th century. Her son Jacob L. Posen joined the firm by 1880, and by 1900, the companys large staff of chasers and engravers were producing some of the finest silver in the country. They received a royal warrant in 1903. In the 20th century the firm was under the direction of Brendinas grandsons Jakob, Hermann and Moritz Posen. In 1938 the company was looted on Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and finally forcefully closed as a result of the National Socialist tyranny. (kre)
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