A realistic German bronze bust of William Shakespeare by Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck and Sohn foundry, circa 1890 Very fine quality bust, nice patination. Would look great in a library or a gentlemans office. Signed on the back. Measures: 14" high x 10" wide x 5" deep Good condition. Ready to place. Minor wear consist with age and use. Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck was a foundry located in Berlin, Germany, that operated from 1851 until 1926. During the 75-year period when the foundry was in operation it was one of the most important foundries in Germany and was known for producing high quality bronze castings. The Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck foundry opened for business in 1851 in Berlin, Germany, under the leadership of its founder, Carl Gustav Hermann Gladenbeck. It was one of the most important foundries in Germany, known for high quality bronze castings. The foundry cast many of the best known bronze sculptures created by German artists in the mid-late 19th century and early 20th century. In addition to serving the usually modest casting requirements of German sculptors, the foundry was also capable of casting large-scale bronze statues. In 1913 the Gladenbeck foundry cast the monumental Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1910, Gladenbeck cast theT hree Dancing Maidens Untermyer fountain by sculptor Walter Schott. The fountain is located in Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York. The sculpture – situated on a limestone plinth – depicts three young ladies holding hands in a circle "whose dresses cling to their wet bodies as if they were perpetually in the fountain's spray". The fountain includes three jets, two on the oval pool's sides and a larger one in the center of the sculpture. In the early 1920s, art deco master Ferdinand Preiss employed Gladenbeck to cast many of his bronze and chryselephantine sculptures.
German Bronze Bust of William Shakespeare by Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck
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