Lot 9
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A TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A WOMAN, AFTER THE ANTIQUE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY | A Terracotta Head of a Woman, after the Antique

600 - 900 GBP
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  • Height 27 cm.
her hair swept up and back from the forehead, and surmounted by a twisted diadem.


acquired as ancient for Adolf Hitler’s unrealised Führermuseum in Linz, Austria (no. 1286), prior to World War II, according to Robert Oertel’s recollection (NARA, property card VI); photograph requested for Hitler’s birthday book (Album XX) in a letter dated March 16th, 1942 (NARA, Ardelia Hall Collection); labeled as “copy” on 1941 photograph; discovered by Allied forces in salt mines in Altaussee, Austria (no. 7171) in 1945; transferred from Altaussee to Munich Central Collecting Point, Germany (no. 12273) on October 25th, 1945; transferred from Munich to Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point on June 29th, 1949; returned to Munich Central Collecting Point on July 11th, 1951; transferred to Salzburg, Austria, on January 22nd, 1952; no. 814 (“Antiker Frauenkopf mit Diadem”) awarded to the present owner by the District Court for Civil Law, Vienna, on January 20th, 1992


Munich Central Collecting Point Database: https://www.dhm.de/datenbank/ccp/dhm_ccp.php?seite=6&fld_1=&fld_3=1286&fld_4=&fld_5=&fld_6=&fld_6a=&fld_7=&fld_8=&fld_9=&fld_10=&fld_11=&fld_12_a=&fld_12_b=&fld_12a=&fld_13=&suchen=Search
"Liste mit einer Beschreibung des im Gewahrsam des Bundesdenkmalamtes befindlichen und in der Anlage zum Bundesgesetzt vom 27. Juni 1969 (BGBI. Nr. 294 vom 14. August 1969) zahlenmässig angeführten Kunst- und Kulturgutes, gemäss 1 Abs. 2 dieses Bundesgesetzes," Amstblatt zur Wiener Zeitung, September 2, 1969, p. 22, no. 849 (“Antiker Frauenkopf mit Diadem”)
“Liste mit einer Kunstbeschreibung des im Gewahrsam des Bundesdenkmalamtes, öffentlicher Sammlungen und sonstiger Dienststellen befindlich und in der Anlage zum Bundesgesetz vom 13. December 1985, BGBI. Nr. 2/1986, zahlenmässig  angeführten Kunst- und Kulturgutes, gemäss 1 Abs. 2 dieses Bundesgesetzes,” Amstblatt zur Wiener Zeitung, February 1, 1986, p. 37, no. 814 (“Antiker Frauenkopf mit Diadem”)
Günter Haase, Die Kunstsammlung Adolf Hitler. Eine Dokumentation, Berlin, 2002, p. 29, Linz-No. 1286

Catalogue Note

The present head is modelled after the head of an ancient Roman statue, the so-called Flora Capitolina (http://capitolini.info/scu00743/?lang=en), with the addition of a diadem. For another head (on a bust) from the same workshop, documented on the art market in Rome in 1935, see http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/1060043. The Führer had been deceived with a forgery. Several antiquities once slated for Adolf Hitler’s Führermuseum were awarded by the Viennese court to the present owner of this head and later sold at auction, including a Roman marble head of the Resting Satyr by Praxiteles, (Sotheby’s, London, July 9-10th, 1992, lot 370, then Christie’s, New York, December 5th, 2012, lot 78, now in a US private collection), an over life-size marble head of a veiled woman or goddess (Sotheby’s, London, May 21st, 1992, lot 233, now in a US private collection), and a Roman bronze figure of Aphrodite (Sotheby’s, London, July 9-10th, 1992, lot 371, current whereabouts unknown).