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An important Austrian tin alloy bust of the so-called 'Incapable Bassoonist', by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt,

after 1770
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A EUROPEAN FAMILY

An important Austrian tin alloy bust of the so-called 'Incapable Bassoonist', by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt,

after 1770
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 2,480,000 USD
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An important Austrian tin alloy bust of the so-called 'Incapable Bassoonist', by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt,

after 1770

inscribed with the number ‘28’ below his lower right side on the base, a pen mark indicating an inventory number below his right shoulder and on the interior in white paint the number I.N. 59886.


16 1/2 in; 41.9cm
after 1770
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Provenance

Johann Adam Messerschmidt, brother of the sculptor
Mr. Stranz, before 1793
Dr. Richard Beer-Hofmann, Vienna, before 1905/6
Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna, inv. no. 59895, 1939
Restituted to the heirs of Dr. Richard Beer-Hofmann in 2003

Exhibited

Merkwuerdige Lebensgeschichte des Franz Xaver Messerschmidt K.K. Oeffentliche Lehrer des Bildhauerkunst, Vienna, 1793
Michael Krapf (ed.), Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783, (exh.cat.) The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna 2002, cat. no. 28

Literature

F. A. Mesmer, Abhandlung über die Entdeckung des thierischen Magnetismus, Karlsruhe, 1781.
E. Kris, Die Charakterköpfe des F. K. Messerschmidt, Jarbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wein, Vienna 1932, p. 207.
E. Baum, Katalog des Österreichischen Barockmuseums im Unteren Belvedere, Vienna and Munich, 1980, cat. 270.
M. Pötzl-Malikova, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Vienna and Munich, 1982, cat. 94.
J. Oberhaidacher, "Kunstgeschichte oder Psychologie? Zu den Charakterköphen des F. X. Messerschmidt", Österreichische Zeitschrift für Kunst und Denkmalpflege, xxxvii, 1984, 1/2, p. 27.
Sophie Lillie, Was einmal war: Handbuch der enteigneten Kunstsammlungen, Vienna, 2003, pp. 151-159.

RELATED LITERATURE
The Grove Art Dictionary Online, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Catalogue Note

See note to previous lot.

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