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Lot 486: § GERHARD MARCKS (1889-1981) PAIR OF SEA BIRDS 40cm high

Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860

by Lyon & Turnbull

26 October 2016

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Description: [§] GERHARD MARCKS (1889-1981)
PAIR OF SEA BIRDS
bronze, signed with artist's monogram
40cm high

Condition Report: Generally good order and of good appearance with allover verdigris patination
LH facing bird has scuffing to one wing and tip of tail feathers here and there at the rear, minor scratch under eye
RH facing bird has some scuffing to neck, bottom section of one wing and tail feathers
Minor rubbing to back edge of the base
Some minor marks here and there


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Notes: Note: Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981) was a German sculptor who worked mainly in bronze. He was first trained in Berlin where he befriended Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus art school. Because of this, Marcks held a major position in the Bauhaus Pottery Workshop from the school's creation in 1919 to the closing of that department in 1925. He then taught at the School of Applied Arts near Halle, becoming director in 1928. He was removed from this position in 1933 by the Nazis, who further showed their dislike of his work by including it in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition of 1937. Despite this, Marcks continued to live and work in Germany throughout World War II and afterwards. He is most famous for his large scale figural works but he also produced a number of small bronze animals. The vast majority of his sculptures are now in the purpose-built Gerhard Marcks Haus in Bremen, Northern Germany.

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