Fine Art

Was She Ever a Real Person?

She was advertised as a rare 1920’s bronze and Carrara marble bust.
She was advertised as a rare 1920’s bronze and Carrara marble bust.

A new addition for my library arrived today. I’ve been slowly collecting decorative objects for my front two rooms. This piece had been on my wish list for quite some time, because I had my doubts as to whether she would fit in. Most of my collected art is contemporary, but lately I’ve been drawn to antique works in sculpture and painting. It could very well be a phase, but I’m pretty sure I will never tire of these recent purchases. They’re here to stay, and I have plenty of room for more, whether it be fresh contemporary art that some of my guests may find disturbing or another dusty relic from a previous millennium.

Click on the link below for one more photo of this beauty.

The artist is Professor Otto Poertzel (1876 — 1963), who signed this piece along with RuM for Rosenthal und Maeder of Berlin. Poertzel was a German visual artist, who received numerous commissions for portrait busts of various members of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family in the 1920s and 1930s. The seller had described this bust as having been originally part of a noble German estate, so this could very well be a likeness of one of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family members. There had to be more background history on her, so I started to do some snooping and came up with Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the mother of the current King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. She would have been approximately twenty years of age at the time this bust was created, and her likeness in the photos that I came across looks so very similar to it. You can see for yourself here and here. There is a really good chance that I’m completely wrong, but I did have fun researching.

I have placed her near the window because of the way her head is turned, as if trying to look out.
I have placed her near the window because of the way her head is turned, as if trying to look out.

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