London, South Kensington
6 February 2015
After Otto Gutfreund (1889-1927)
with the signature stamp 'Gutfreund' and stamped '"S.V.U. MÁNES" SVYM GLENUM NA ROK 1928' (underneath)
Height: 5 3/8 in. (13.8 cm.)
Conceived in 1927 and cast in 1928
Private collection, Czech Republic.
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National Gallery, Prague, Otto Gutfreund, exh. cat. with a catalogue raisonné of sculptures, 1995, no. 359 (another cast illustrated p. 273).
Jirí Šetlík has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
According to Dr Jirí Šetlík, Otto Gutfreund originally made this sculpture after the dog of his friend Emil Filla. In 1928, it was produced in a limited edition of approx. 30 by the Prague arts collective S.V.U. Manes to commemorate Gutfreund's death and given to his friends.
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