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Bust Portrait of the Tailor to the Court Daniel Gottlieb Keilpflug

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Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764-1850)1801Berlingesso, poured, with remains of original paint59 x 33 x 28,5 cm

Daniel Gottlieb Keilpflug (1752-1818) presents himself with confidence; he was appointed tailor to the court of King Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840) in Berlin around 1786. Since the Enlightenment this trade was held by a craftsman who had attained distinction and dignity. This bust by Johann Gottfried Schadow, sculptor of the court, seems to radiate an unusual vividness and freshness. The plaster bust was in the possession of the Keilpflug family and is a work of art in its own right. Despite the low-cost material, it is the final version of the sculpture, and no execution in marble had ever been envisaged.