A Pair Of Wax Reliefs By Kaspar Bernhard Hardy (german, 1726-1819)


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"A Pair Of Wax Reliefs By Kaspar Bernhard Hardy (german, 1726-1819)"
Polychrome wax reliefs of fruit and vegetable sellers, circa 1800, realistically modelled in high relief with fabric additions, mounted in deep, glazed giltwood and green painted frames.
The figures: 13cm high,
The frames: 21.5cm high; 17cm wide; 5.5cm deep

The celebrated wax modeller, Kaspar (Caspar) Bernhard Hardy (1726-1819) may be described as a ‘Renaissance man’, having pursued a variety of disciplines including the arts of painted enamel, engraved shells, glasswork and bronze casting. However, it was skill in wax modelling for which he was most recognised, “in wax modelling, Hardy achieved a position which has not been reached by anybody else. He started, following the taste of his time, with low reliefs of great men, portraying them with apt traits of nature and character. He also paid great attention to a natural moulding of material, especially of lace. He then continued with genre figures, full of psychological truth, and with idylls, which reveal the purest and tenderest sentiments” (E.J. Pyke,A Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers’,Oxford, 1973, p. 63). Admired for his talents, he found friends and patrons in Franz Ferdinand Wallraf (1748-1824), founder of the museum in Cologne, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) who acquired eight of Hardy’s wax figures, now on display in the Goethe Nationalmuseum in Schloss Tierfurt in Weimar.

A German cabinet containing forty-eight similar wax reliefs by Kaspar Bernhard Hardy, circa 1795 was sold Christie’s London on 13 November 2019 (£37,500).
Literature: A. González-Palacios,A Secrétaire by Theodor Comer with Panels Containing Wax Figures by Caspar Bernhard Hardy, Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich, 2016

Compare also with a couple of wax reliefs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. nos. A.1-1993 and A.2-1993).
Price : $6,000
Artist : Kaspar Bernhard Hardy
Period: 18th century
Style: Louis XVI
Condition : Very good

Material : Wax
Width : 17cm
Height : 21.5cm
Depth : 5.5cm

Reference : 471
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