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Beautiful Porcelain Figure of the Great Prussian King as Musician Extraordinaire (Item FRED 4-1)

DESCRIPTION: Frederick the Great is known to be one of the greatest military geniuses of all time. He was also the archetype of the enlightened ruler. He was indeed not only the great Warrior King, but he was indeed not only the protector of the arts and sciences, but also brought to this court some of the best minds of the 18th century. He himself was an accomplished flute player, composer, and writer. In spite of the carnage wrought in the bloody battles of the campaigns he led in the various wars he was first a man of culture personified. He was one of the most powerful rulers of 18th-century Europe, but being a musician and patron of the arts meant as much to him as his conquests. The enthusiasm that he openly displayed for the music of the flute was far-reaching. This King as ruler of Prussia went far to heighten the standard of musical culture in all of Europe, but naturally it was Berlin and Prussia that appreciated his musical accomplishments, one of which was to establish an important Berlin school for flute in the history of music. The musical characteristics of this ruler’s flute compositions present the transitional styles between the Baroque and Classical period, in which the refined structure of the flute instrument reflects its features. The compositions of the King provided a vast literature for flute repertoire in the 1700s. The porcelain figure that we present here is also in fine tradition—the wonderful Saxon art of porcelain-figure creations. The piece is in hard-paste porcelain, developed by Johan Frederick Böttger, 1682-1719, who was literally kidnapped by Augustus the Strong of Saxony (you can look this up on the internet; a fascinating tale). This is one of the final pieces turned out by one of the Saxon companies; probably around 1870 or so. The gold application is very unusual and during the past “Kaiserzeit” empires this was the most expensive form of the ceramic arts. The figure measures about 16 1/2 inches high and the base is 4 1/2 inches around in an octagon shape. Under the base there is a crossed-swords configuration that would put one in mind of Meissen porcelain although other Dresden manufacturers used this mark as well. Regardless of what company made it this in our opinion is a masterpiece of the art. The artist has captured the face of a happy King as he indulges in his favorite pastime. The two-tone gold and pure white sets this off as a very wonderful figure. That is both beautiful and important to Germanic history.

PRICE: $1,200.00; the finest

 

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Equestrian Statue in Bronze of Frederick the Great of Prussia, 1712-1786 (Item FRED 4-2; KSTATUES 4-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a beautifully executed genuine bronze of “Der alte Fritz,” as King Frederick II of Prussia was known in his senior years. He was known as one of the most enlightened monarchs in European history. He was King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 and was of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. He truly did fit the title of Frederick the Great. Much about the great King can be found on the internet. Do look at all our other Frederick offerings on these pages. This statue in bronze is wonderfully detailed with a beautiful patina. It's mounted on a fine granite plinth, and just above this is a bronze plinth with 18th-century-style detailing with female figures at each axis. It's almost identical to the huge statue of Frederick by C. D. Rauch in 1851, one of the greatest sculptures of the 19th century. The huge equestrian stands in the middle of Berlin's “Unter den Linden.” The statue we have and the Berlin statue depict the King riding on his favorite horse Condé. Around his shoulders are his coronation robes. The major difference is that while the original's base has the life-size figures and men of politics, art, and science, the small statue we offer has a much more humble base. But the word humble definitely does not apply to the statue itself. It is bold and dramatic, just as Frederick himself was. The sculpture measures 10 inches high from the bottom of the granite to the top of his three-cornered hat. The granite base is 9 inches long and about 5 1/3 inches wide. The horse measures about 7 inches from the tail to snout. The face and uniform look good under normal visage and inspection, but shows a bit of caster’s blemish here and there. All in all this is just a really great sculpture and one that you will be exceedingly proud to place on your desk or mantle. This is a great tribute to a great statesman and warrior!

PRICE: SOLD

 

Miniature on Bone of Frederick the Great
Miniature on Bone of Frederick the Great

Miniature on Ivory of Frederick the Great
Miniature on Ivory of Frederick the Great
Miniature on Ivory of Frederick the Great
The back of painting
Miniature on Ivory of Frederick the Great
Miniature on Ivory of Frederick the Great

Miniature Painting on Bone and Framed in Bone of Fredrick II (the Great)
Painted 1934 -1938?
(Item FRED 4-3 & ART 16-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here is another wonderful portrait of “Der Alte Fritz” Soldier King of Prussia, born Jan 24, 1712, died in 1786. He is, and is regarded as, one of Germany’s greatest leaders. Where is he now that we need him in the land of Angela Merkel? He literally was the Father of the German Military. There were great Germanic heroes before him such as Hermann the Liberator, etc. but Fredrick was the first to organize what was the greatest regulated army in all of Europe. He was the "Absolute King." He really was the prime mover behind German Independence although Bismarck fought a war to finally gain it. He had a huge impact on his nation, he looms forth even today as a unique historical character. There is much about his life and fantastic accomplishments on the internet so we will not delve into a biography here. What did Fredrick leave behind him? He was the king who towers above all other European rulers, who focused on organized militarism for the first time in German history. It was he who started the proud military tradition that died in 1945 due to the acts of traitors in Germany's high command positions. Not because of the lack of greatness of the German Wehrmacht. They continued over the centuries to be the “best.” Without knowing it, he inspired many national leaders such as George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Bismarck and, of course, Adolf Hitler who idolized him. Napoleon said to his Marshals upon viewing the statue of Fredrick in conquered Berlin, “Gentlemen, if he were here today we would not be!”  Hitler and Napoleon each had a picture of him in their respective livingrooms. The picture that we offer here is hand painted, possibly the best portrait we have ever seen of the great King in miniature. Probably accomplished in the 1930’s. He is portrayed in all his regal glory with his famous cane held before him. He wears the eagle order of Prussia and the three corner hat made famous by him. The portrait is framed on a bone planchet with a brass bezel around it.  The frame measures 5" x 6" and is made from bone material all neatly pieced together to make for a beautiful portrait arrangement.  This is a true museum piece extraordinaire!

PRICE: $780.00 (very reasonably priced)
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Alte Fritz in Repose
Alte Fritz in Repose
The Alte Fritz in Repose Painting (Item FRED 4-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a contemporary, but fine oil painting of Fredrick II (the Great), January 24, 1712 - August 17, 1786. We will not go into the illustrious life and legend of this TRULY great monarch and supreme war leader. It is enough to say that he was not only the Father of Prussian militarism but his tactics are still studied down through the generations by military leaders right up to the present day. He excelled at the art of war but was was also a brilliant statesman as well. Much can be found on the worldwide web concerning this Prussian Hero! “And still does his name in glory remain, unclouded by age and undimmed by a stain. And forever and ever his cause he upheld. The cause of the true, the trusted and bold!”

Fredrick the Great is remembered by Germanophiles today in reverence and admiration. The painting brings out the noble bearing of the young Fredrick clutching his familiar cane while seated in the lull of battle. The painting is in a new frame that is suggestive of the look of the mid-18th century (rich looking). It measures 27 ½ by 18 ½. The actual painting is 11 ½ x 15. A wonderful den hanging with dramatic effect. Professionally painted about 1980 in Germany.

PRICE: $650.00

 

Great Frederick Plate
Great Frederick Plate

 

Great Frederick Plate
Great Frederick Plate
Great Frederick Plate
Great Frederick Plate
Great Frederick Plate
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Great Frederick Plate
A High Art, Commemorative Plate Depicting Frederick the Great (Item FRED 4-5 and KGLASS 3-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an absolutely stunning depiction of Friedrich II, King of Prussia also known as “Der Alte Fritz.” See the many articles concerning this Grosse König in our Frederick section of the site. We won’t go into the illustrious history of this phenomenal individual since the web is heavy with stories and historical events dealing with him, and we also have some capsule reviews on our pages (Link to Frederick from Kaiserreich). The plate is 10 ¼ inches in diameter, and all the floral decor is 18th-century design around the edges, and is in highly up-cast overlay that you can feel as your fingers slide across it. I believe genuine liquid gold was employed in the construction. All of the design looks much like the Rococo décor at Frederick’s summer palace at Sans Souci in Potsdam. ( Absolutely gorgeous!) The mark on the back is the scepter of the KPM company of Berlin (Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur) (The Royal Porcelain Manufacturer). Under that mark is a depiction of a lamb that has Dresden, Germany, and the numerals 135. This indicates that the retailer was this particular company who handled KPM masterpieces such as this. Also, there is the king’s title written out under the glaze. For important historical treasures of German porcelain and high art, this is certainly the epitome!

PRICE: $1,500.00

 

 

Oil Painting of Frederick the Great
Oil Painting of Frederick the Great

 

Oil Painting of Frederick the Great

Oil Painting of Frederick the Great

Oil Painting of Frederick the Great

 

Magnificent Oil Painting of Frederick the Great of Prussia (Der Alte Fritz) (Item FRED 4-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is genuine oil rendering of the great Prussian king. The original painting was done from life by Anton Graff (1736-1813). His painting of Frederick was so popular with Germans and especially Prussian people that many artists have copied it and you can see some of the finest in our pages, but other than the one at Fred 1-2 on page two we believe this one is the ‘finest of the fine’ and is probably from the same early 18th century period as the one at Item FRED 1-2. This one is absolutely the same as the one Adolf Hitler gave to is personal pilot Hans Bauer as one of his last acts in the Berlin Bunker. Bauer was also his most trusted friend; a man who never forgot his oath Meine Ehre heist Treue!, the oath of the . The only difference that I can see is that the one that belonged to Hitler was in an oval framing and presentation while this one is in a square frame, but if you look closely the actual portrait is painted in the oval also and cleverly laid in the background of black. We can readily see the noble look of the warrior king who was called by his adoring people the “Alte Fritz” and truly “Old Fritz” leaps out at you with his magnetizing large, blue eyes. In German history only two giants of Teutonic lore were especially noted for hypnotic and piercing eyes–Adolf Hitler and Frederick. If a painting were ever said to be an absolute perfect rendering of Graf’s original canvas this one would have to be the one. The frame measures 24 x 29 inches and figure the frame to be about 2 inches thick. The painting is in practically perfect condition except for one abrasion about an inch from his forehead on the background portion. This is not a tear; it looks like the painting once was stood against something or another that put a dimple in it the size of a five-cent piece. When the painting is hung up on a wall this is really hardly noticeable. The colors, the dramatic look of the Prussian König, and the masterful artistry makes for a truly fine artistic achievement and any true tried and tested Germanophile would be exceedingly proud to hang it on his wall. We never have seen a better one in such a good-sized portrait of Germany’s hero.

PRICE: $1,880.00

 

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

 

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Shows hallmark and manufacturer’s mark

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Der Alte Fritz

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Famous portrait of Frederick by Anton Graf

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
The great commander at rest during a lull in battle

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Frederick personally leads his troops in battle

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Attack of the Prussian infantry at Hohenfriedberg

Bottle Stopper of Frederick the Great
Frederick adored by his soldiers

 

Fantastic Wine-Bottle Stopper(Item FRED 4-7)

DESCRIPTION: There are collectable bottle stoppers antique and new, but here is the bottle stopper that is the greatest one you and I will probably ever see as collectors of Imperial German military memorabilia. This is beautiful silver or silvered depiction of King Frederick the Great of Prussia, known otherwise lovingly as der Alte Fritz. He is shown in his uniform with his ever-present walking stick. His sword’s scabbard touches a stack of books. Frederick was an avid reader and was highly educated. He spoke French and high German fluently. He was a close friend of the French philosopher, Voltaire. He was recognized then and now as Germany’s greatest King and First Warrior of the nation. He is still a national hero to the Germans who have not accepted cowardly liberalism in place of “honor and glory.” Yes, there are a few of us still around! The detailed effects of this small figure are phenomenal and undoubtedly it must have been the property of a Prussian gentleman of the noble classes. Frederick stands about 7 inches tall and the stopper part below that measures about 1 ½ inches. This little piece is absolutely more finely detailed than large bronzes that we have seen of the Prussian king. One would expect to see this bottle stopper rising out of the top of a bottle of Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenaus Lese Mosel that sold for $7,135.00 making a record for a German wine purchase. I’ll bet it was better than“Blue Nun.”

PRICE: $395.00 (really a gem!)

 

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Pin of Frederick the Great

Small Badge Bearing the Likeness of “Frederick the Great”(Item FRED 4-8)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the man lovingly known to the German people in his time and even now as “Der Alte Fritz.” He was Frederick the Great, the Prussian king, and he truly was deserving of the title “Great.” Much can be read about him on the web, but suffice to say he was the warrior king and the epitome of Prussian militarism. This badge was struck to commemorate the Garde organization or Verein that was assembled in the city of Oberhausen. The Garde groupings were various units such as the Garde du Corps, the Hussar Garde, the Garde Cuirassiers, etc. and they had an annual convention there in the beautiful city of Oberhausen in the Ruhr area situated on the Emscher river. The badge is made of brass and is about 1 ¼ inches wide and 1 ¼ inches tall with the face of King Frederick in the center and the words around him are “Garde-Verein Oberhausen-RHLD.” This is a very nice remembrance of “Der Grosse König.”

PRICE: $49.00

 

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