Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) 'Kruger in ballingschap' 25 x 34 x 30.5cm (9 13/16 x 13 3/8 x 12in) including base

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Lot 1
Anton van Wouw
(South African, 1862-1945)
'Kruger in ballingschap' 25 x 34 x 30.5cm (9 13/16 x 13 3/8 x 12in) including base

Sold for £ 19,200 (US$ 26,401) inc. premium
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945)
'Kruger in ballingschap'
signed, inscribed and dated 'A van Wouw/S.A. Joh.burg 1907' (to back of chair); further inscribed 'Kruger in ballingschap' and bears inscription 'G. Nisini-fuse/Roma' (to base)
bronze
25 x 34 x 30.5cm (9 13/16 x 13 3/8 x 12in) including base

Footnotes

  • LITERATURE:
    A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works (Pretoria 2008), Nisini casting illustrated p.51

    "This sculpture shows a dejected President Kruger as an old man seated in a large easy chair with a blanket over his knees and a great State Bible on his lap. The old president holds the top of the Book with his right hand and rests his left arm on the armrest of the chair. His eyes are not on the Bible, but stare into the uncertain, unfathomable future." (Ibid.)

    Van Wouw made two versions of this subject: a smaller (132 mm high) model, and the larger model above. The versions can also be distinguished by the clasps on the bible that are not present in the smaller version.
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