Lot 22 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 11th June 2019)
Garden Statues: Gottwalt Kuhse: An impressive terracotta figure of Rebecca on pedestal
signed G Kuhse fec 1881 and with manufacturer’s stamp E March Söhne at Berlin
the figure 168cm high by 72cm deep; the pedestal 91cm high by 62cm diameter; overall 256cm high
The terracotta manufactory was started by Ernst March in 1846 and continued after his death by his widow Sophie March. From 1865, their sons Paul and Emil continued the business as Ernst March & Söhne Pottery Factory producing high-quality terracotta for well-known and prestigious buildings such as the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts, Görlitzer Bahnhof or the Red Town Hall. The son Otto became an architect, as did his grandchildren Walter and Werner March. Around 1896, the Ernst March & Söhne factory employed 150 workers and consumed 1,500 tonnes of clay annually. Gottwalt Kuhse was active as a sculptor from 1870-1890.
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