Description: 'Water' and 'Fire' from the small series of the Four Elements,
modelled by Wenzel Neu, Water holding a fish and an urn issuing water standing among bulrushes, Fire lighting a cannonball, stood upon a further flaming cannonball, on shaped bases; the figure emblematic of Architecture,
modelled by Ludwig Heyd, under Neu, stood before a plinth supporting measuring tools and scrolls, on a scroll-edged base,
the figure emblematic of Fire with incised '.S' or '5.' and I marks, Architecture with impressed C mark,
Dimensions: the tallest 13cm., 5 1/8 in. high
Condition Report: In overall generally good appearance. The figure of Fire, restoration to upper part of right arm. The figure of Architecture, element probably lacking from the putto's hands, with associated restoration to figure tips, restoration to lower corner of the plinth and rolled paper on top. The figure of Water with a chip to base.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: RELATED LITERATURE
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Ernst Kramer, 'Die Vier Elemente',
Keramikfreunde der Schweiz,
1962, No. 56, pp. 15-20.