FRANZ VON STUCK
1863 - 1928
stamped: WMF / I/O / zg
silver plated alloy
Overall the condition is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor oxidation to the silvering, consistent with the material. There is a loss to the arrows in the quiver. There are a few small nicks, including to the proper left wing and Cupid's abdomen on the proper right side. The dolphin and putto at the top are slightly loose but stable. There is some rubbing to the tortoise revealing the yellowish colour of the alloy underneath.
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Von Ostini records that the Nautilus was one of the first sculptural works created by Stuck, pre-dating the Glaspalast exhibition in Munich in 1892 (when he displayed the famous Athlet) and finding its origins in two illustrations that Stuck designed in the 1880s: firstly a drawing for the Allegorien und Embleme portfolio published by Gerlach & Schenk, Vienna 1882/84, vol. 2, no. 82; and secondly for a calendar illustration for the month of October published in the Fliegende Blatter, 1889, no. 2306.
Stuck himself owned a bronze version of the present model which mounted a real nautilus shell and appears as a prop in some of his paintings. It stood on his living-room cabinet until 1909 (see Bierbaum, op. cit., p. 79). The present version was executed by WMF, Geislingen.
O. J. Bierbaum, Franz Stuck, Munich, 1893, p. 79; F. von Ostini, 'Franz Stuck' in Nord Und Süd 19, vol. 73, Munich, 1895, p. 322; J. Birnie Danzker, Franz von Stuck: Die Sammlung des Museums Villa Stuck, Munich, 1997, p. 165, no. 53