'Hammer worker' signed 'A. van Wouw' and inscribed 'FONDERIA G NISINI / ROMA' (to reverse) bronze 13 x 14 x 5cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 1 15/16in) (not including base)
LITERATURE: A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), another edition illustrated p. 89
There are two versions of the Hammer worker: a smaller version (13.5 cm high) and a larger one (60 cm high). The present lot is a cast of the smaller version, with the right foot positioned slightly differently to the larger one.
A possible explanation for having created this smaller version is "because of its [the larger version's] price [which] has always, even during the artist's lifetime, been exceptionally high".
BIBLIOGRAPHY: A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), p.89