Hans Christian Andersen (Danish, 1805-1875) Untitled,
Lot 3
Hans Christian Andersen (Danish, 1805-1875) Untitled,
US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£7,100 - 11,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Hans Christian Andersen (Danish, 1805-1875)
Untitled, large silhouette depicting soldier sequence, [1865].
Cut-out paper.
34.5 x 22cm (13 9/16 x 8 11/16in).


  • Hans Christian Andersen was often a houseguest of wealthy patrons. As a form of repayment he would gather the family's children and, while he began to sketch and cut into a piece of paper, would tell a partially improvised tale. By the tale's completion, he would unfold a completed paper cutting and present it to his audience. The current example apparently follows the story of a soldier who has to leave his sweetheart behind and go off to war. A note pasted on the verso of the backing board, apparently in Andersen's hand, presents this to the Speerschneider children at Castle Glücksburg.

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  • Lot withdrawn.
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