Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
- Lock of the composer's fair hair, contained in a nineteenth-century gilt locket, with a nineteenth-century manuscript note of provenance
- lock of hair
1) "Hair of W.A. Mozart. Part of a lock given me by Karl Anschütz he having received it from his mother to whom it was given by the great composer's widow. Given by me to Arthur Somervell, Jas Collet"; and, on the back, two notes written and signed by Somervell and Collet respectively:
2) "This gold frame [was] part of a bracelet given by Mr Collet to his wife after passing through the Indian Mutiny. (Anschutz born 1815 died 1870) A.S" and
3) "Anschütz gave it me some time between the years 1848 & 1851 when he was in London. Jas Collet"
in a mid-nineteenth-century gilt locket, glazed on both sides, overall size: 4 x 3cm
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The remarkable early miniature that Mozart gave his cousin "the Bäsle" (sold in these rooms on 20 November 2014, lot 178) also showed Mozart with fair hair. We are unable to ascertain if Karl is related to Eduard Anschütz, who gave the address at the unveiling of a Mozart memorial in Salzburg in 1842, the year of Constanze Mozart's death; Heinrich Anschütz's transcript of the speech is in the Salzburg Mozarteum.