25 October 2007
A BERLIN (K.P.M.) RECTANGULAR PLAQUE, 'KUNST BRINGT GUNST'
Late 19th/20th century, impressed monogram and sceptre mark, signed indistinctly A. Sckerf.
Finely painted after P. Thumann with a Greek artisan highlighting a black figure on a vase as an admiring companion looks on from the threshold of an open doorway, two unfinished vessels at the right
12¾ x 10 in. (32.4 x 25.4 cm.), within a burgundy velvet and giltwood frame
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Paul or Friedrich Paul Thumann (Gross Tzschackdsorf, 1834 - 1908 Berlin) in 1880 is noted as a member of the Berlin Academy and recipient of the Berlin medal of 1879. Cf. anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 14 September 1995, lot 93
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