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Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.

Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.
Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.

Allach Fencer | By Obermaier | Heydrich Interest.

 

   Allach Fencer Model 83 by Ottmar Obermaier

Famously adored by SS General Rienhard Heydrich

 

Designed by Obermaier, in un-glazed, biscuit finish [c.f. gloss], The Fencer  combines artistic elegance with technical excellence and establishes the little-known SS porcelain manufacturer, 'Allach-Munchen GmBH' at the forefront of 20th century European porcelain. Dressed in loose briefs, The Fencer stands proudly on a square base, with one arm against the body, and the other holding the sabre. The base to the figure gives the artist name, O.Obermaier. Underneath is the entwined Runes, and the Model number '83'. Size: 27.5cm.

Condition report: In excellent  condition overall. The sabre (typically) having come loose and replaced into position. No damages elsewhere.

Quantity produced: Less than 500 pieces of The Fencer are believed to have been produced. THe Fencer was introduced in 1938.

Notes: The Fencer is of great rarity today, being sought after both by collectors from the world of militaria, and by those that have a great interest in the subject matter.

Additional notes: It is a well known fact that The Fencer was SS General Reinhard Heydrich's favourite piece of porcelain. And so it would be, bearing in mind  he was a master Fencer in his own right. In the traditional fashion of having things on show that show your interests, Heydrich had the painter, Joseph Vietze, paint his portrait with The Fencer on a table next to him.

Background to Reinhard Heydrich: During the 1930s, Heydrich took control of the entire SS security services. He later became the Deputy/Acting Reich-Protector of Bohemia and Moravia and was assassinated in 1942, after the British decided he was the greatest threat to the Resistance in that area.

Background to Ottmar Obermaier: Born 1883 in Inzzell, Bavaria. In 1907 Obermaier went to Akademie der Bildende Kunsten in Munich, where he studied under Professor Erwin Kurz. At this time, Kurz was one of the most eminent scholars for sculptor of statues. Obermaier’s works were frequently displayed in the Glaspalast in Munich. From 1923 Obermaier worked as a designer for Rosenthal Porcelain. Rosenthal hired Obermaier to design idealized human forms based on Greek and Roman classics for production. These figures, most displaying physical prowess and athletic pursuits, have titles such as Discus Thrower, Victor, and Striding Woman.

Obermaier represented Germany in 1928 at the Amsterdam Olympics, and continued to design for Rosenthal until the mid-1930s. After 1936Reichsführer-SS Himmler, persuaded him to come and work at the SS run Porcelain Allach, based just outside the centre of Munich. Obermaier was represented in the Great German Art Exhibitions with 13 works, of which two were bought by Hitler. The Fencer, and The Victor, were two of his most well known and highly prized works. Obermaier died in 1965 in Munich.


 

Price: POA

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