PRUSSIA – STATUE – KAISER WILHELM II – IN THE UNIFORM OF THE REGIMENT des GARDE du CORPS
Most impressive statue that we have ever been able to offer, by way of a generous consignment by an advanced collector, whom we have known for many years. This was the center piece of his collection and he has entrusted it to us to pass on to a new owner.
Where to begin? First this is an original statue in bronze by the noted Berlin sculptor Otto Schmidt-Hofer (1873-1925). Schmidt-Hofer was known for sculpting many neo classical pieces. But he also did sculptures for the Hohenzollern family and was officially sanctioned by them to do statues for them. Many of these statues appeared in public buildings, museums, and palaces. I believe that this statue was the crown jewel of his career and held an important place near Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941). I cannot say if this statue traveled with the Kaiser into exile at Haus Doorn or remained behind in Berlin when he departed. I do know that when the Kaiser departed for Holland he took with him forty boxcars of personal possessions including all of his uniforms, swords, and headdress (There is a story that a Dutch workman took one of the Kaisers swords in lieu of money for his work at Haus Doorn after the end of WW II.). add to that the dishes and other items, there would have been plenty of room to include this statue! Only history can answer this question.
The statue itself stands an impressive 20 ½ inches tall. It is mounted on a base of fine Potsdam black marble which adds another 1 ½ inch and which brings the overall height to 22 inches. The base measures 7″ square. The statue weighs 31 lbs.
Returning to the statue itself the detail is nothing short of amazing. It is made of the finest gorgeous bronze. It shows the Kaiser in the uniform of the Regiment des Garde du Corps. Mounted atop his head is the metal helmet with the massive crowned Eagle of the regiment. The real hallmark of this statue is attention to detail. The uniform that the Kaiser wears to include his orders and decorations, his flowing cape, his sword, etc.
All of this took Schmidt-Hofer hours of painstaking labor to complete. I urge you to look at the detailed photos that we include with this description. They far out shadow my words.
This amazing one of a kind statue is now offered here. Yes, there are other examples of Kaiser Wilhelm II statues but they pale in comparison to this monumental statue. It is worthy for any advanced collector or museum.
A a bonus the consignor has included a lovely framed print of the Kaiser to accompany the statue.