This unique Greek mythological bronze desk seal dates to the early 20th century, circa 1910 and was produced by the renowned sculptor Frederic ‘Fredy’ Balthazar Stoll (b 1869 – d 1949). Fredy Stoll was born in Switzerland and was a pupil of Auguste Rodin and also the great uncle of the French designer Pierre Paulin, Pierre lists his great uncle as a major influence of his work. The seal is inscribed ‘F Stoll’ and is modelled as a nautilus shell with a Greek comedic theatrical mask.
During the First World War Fredy was captured and then interned at the camp of Grafenwöhr. During his captivity he obtained the authorization to sculpt several monuments in honour of his comrades who had died in detention. He is most well-known for his imposing limestone war time memorial sculptures and his large bronzes. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a piece by this renowned sculptor, his work is rarely available. This is the only example of a smaller piece we have seen that was produced by Stoll making it unique and desirable.
Measuring: Width 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm) by height 2.75 inch (6.5 cm). Depth 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Condition: Minor surface wear commensurate with age, the tinniest crimp to the right edge of his mouth, possibly from manufacture but mentioned for accuracy.
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