The Child Eater Fountain in Berne
By Johann Adam Klein
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Edition size: limited
Image size: 15,5 x 19,5 cm
Sheet size: 23 x 23 cm
Price: 290 (incl. taxes)
Inscribed, signed and dated below the representation in the printing plate: "der Kindlifresser=Brunnen in Bern | J. A. Klein f. Roma 1820", under the title identical inscription recognizable by trial, at the back side collection stamp of Johann Nepomuk Seiler (Lugt No. 3976). Collection Johann Nepomuk Seiler
With the statue of a man sitting on the fountain column in old Swiss costume, who has a number of children with him and eats one of them. The column is canellirt and has four tubes with running water and a capital decorated with ram and children's heads. On the lower edge of it there is a parade of dressed bears. Three horses are soaked at the well trough, a boy sits on the front one and talks to a girl. The remaining staffage consists of two other men, three women, two boys and two dogs. From the 1844 edition of C. H. Zeh.
Catalogue raisonné: Jahn 250 II/II
Fountains, Switzerland, sculpture, costumes, farmer, maid, rider, animals, horses, dogs, Romanticism, Genre
Very good condition and nice impression. A few pale mildew stains are visible.