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Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck

Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck was founded in 1851 in Berlin, Germany. The business operated under its founder Carl Gustav Hermann Gladenbeck. It became known for its extremely high quality bronze castings and was one of the most important foundries in Germany if not the most important and leading foundry in Germany. Some of the earliest bronze sculptures from the foundry were marked “Gladenbeck” later castings over the years were marked “Gladenbeck und Sohn”, “Akt-Ges v.H. Gladenbeck”, “Akt-Ges Gladenbeck Berlin” or “Aktien-Gesellschaft Gladenbeck”.

The foundry cast most of the best known bronze sculptures by German artists from the mid-to-late 19th century to the early 20th century.  In 1913 the foundry cast the monumental Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1910, Gladenbeck cast the Three Dancing Maidens which is also known as Untermyer fountain by sculptor Walter Schott. The fountain is located in Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York. In the early 1920s, art deco master Ferdinand Preiss employed Gladenbeck to cast many of his bronze and chryselephantine sculptures of which many are extremely popular today.