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Georg Hulbe (1851-1917)1900HamburgEmbossed leather and carved beechH 177,7 cm; W 172 cm

The MKG owns a collection of splendid luxurious pieces crafted by the leather artist Georg Hulbe, known especially for his craft. His oeuvre dates from the threshold of Historicism and Art Nouveau, and is a combination of key-elements from both movements. At the turn of the century, Hulbe had a large workshop with no less than 200 workers. This allowed him to take on a large number of official commissions, including work for the Hamburg city hall and the Reichstag in Berlin. This screen combines both creative and traditional leather techniques such as relief-cuting, leather inlay, and embossing, and therefore, this folding screen is a great example of Hulbe’s virtuosity. At the International Exposition of 1900 in Paris he was awarded a gold medal for his craft.