Julius Paul Schmidt-Filling 1835-1920.
One of Germanys best sculptures of the mid-to-late 19th century, this is from his last great range to try and show after the horrors of the first world war what young men should really be doing rather than killing one another. They are all of industrial and agricultural scenes and are extremely well cast with wonderful details, the miner is one of the most sort after of the range as it has some of the most delicate detailing, he stands on a high quality black marble base. Sadly, his work was hijacked by the Nazis after his death to promote their own ideology putting an undeserved stain on his work.
36cm high 12.5cm wide
Julius Paul Schmidt-Felling was a German sculptor who worked during the mid-to-late 19th century and early 20th century. The subject matter of his work was wide and varied. He produced, among others, bronze statues of heroic warriors, athletes, blacksmiths, and farmers. A number of his sculptures of young children were in the Dutch colonial style, His oeuvre included a wide array of sculptures, ranging in subject matter that included heroic warriors (often mounted on horseback), athletes, blacksmiths, and farmers. He sculpted a number of pieces featuring young children in primarily the Dutch colonial style. His output included some animal sculpture, too, but in lesser volume compared to other subjects. Some of his better-known sculptures are small whimsical models of young boys smoking cigarettes and pipes. Schmidt-Felling was a very versatile sculptor. The majority of Schmidt-Felling’s work was cast in bronze and most pieces can be classified as being within the realism or art nouveau genres. Late in his career, howeverâ€”during the art deco eraâ€”he produced a number of chryselephantine sculptures whereby both ivory and bronze were used together in the casting and construction process.