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Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.

 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.
 Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.

Heydrich Bronze | Museum Quality | Exceptional Rarity.

 

Heydrich bronze for sale. The 1930s lost-wax bronze bust, being an accurate, sensitive, and life-size representation of Reinhard Heydrich. The bronze stands 37.0cm from the base, and weighs 5.0kg thereabouts. The reverse bears the name 'Reinhard Heydrich.'

Condition report: Excellent condition, free from dents or other damage. The original bronze patina remaining. Evidence of a metal bar, (possibly used for mounting the bust to a column) to the inside base.

Notes: The Heydrich bronze represents one of several  notable Third Reich personalities conceived in bronze by an unidentified artist. Commissioned by the NSDAP, the bronze series, ( intended for public display), included Hitler, Himmler, Göring, Ley and others. Typically air ministries displayed busts representing Hermann Göring, SS-Gestapo- and Security Offices, featured castings representing Reinhard Heydrich.

Although it is widely accepted examples of the Heydrich bronze series were destroyed at the end of WW2, a counterpart Reinhard Heydrich bronze (from the former Czechoslovakia), is believed to survive.

Provenance: The Ulric of England Collection. Photographed in the publication, Inside The Allgemeine-SS. 1923-1945 [page 95].

Medium of The Masters: bronze is an alloy containing 90% copper, and approximately 10% iron and/or variable trace-elements such as tin, phosphorous and manganese. It's extensive use for weaponry, tools and armour, (possibly on account of it's superior tensile strength), led to the period in British history defined as The Bronze Age

In comparison to steel or iron, bronze has a low melting point, which allows the artist to cut intricate detail, into the casting, (for example the distinctive hairline to the Heydrich bronze). Furthermore, since bronze castings 'set' relatively hard, the intricate detail is maintained. Bronze castings are also weather-resistant, and therefore ideal for outdoor display.

According to the Encyclopedia of Art, almost all the great sculptors have used bronze as a medium for artistic expression. In early antiquity bronze was the material of choice for celebrated Grecians including  Phidias, Myron and Polykleitos. Italy's Donatello took centre stage during the Renaissance, Rodin placed France at the forefront of 'modern sculpture' in the early 1900s. More recent masters include Giacommetti, Henry Moore, and Brancusi.*

*Christie's, New York. May 15 2017. Brancusi's La Muse Endormie sold @£39.5 million.

Price: SOLD

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