19th Century Russian school bronze the farewell kiss. Displaying a cossack upon horse back kissing his wife goodbye. Signed both in English and Russian Cyrillic and complete with foundry mark. Fabr. C.F.Woerffel St Petersbourg and finance ministry stamp dated 1877. The bronze by renowned Russian sculptor Vasily Yacovlevich Gratchev and cast by Woerffel in St Petersbourg with a brown patina.
Lot Notes: Vasily Yakovlevich Grachev was a Russian 19th Century sculptor who was born in 1831. Grachev’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realised prices ranging from £200 to £37,084, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2007 the record price for this artist at auction is £37,084 for Three horse troika sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 2011. The artist died in 1905.
Carl F. Woerffel was a casting foundry originally named F.F Woerffel & Gesserich located in St. Petersbourg Russia. Known from the early 1840-1914 in which the foundry then became the property of Carl Faberge. They were active with sculpture casting from the early 1870’s till the early 1900’s and were the main competitor to the F. Chopin foundry. The foundry was renamed from “Fabric Woerffel” to “Zavod Woerffel” in 1893. As there was no latin letters known for Завод (Zavod) the foundry possibly used the marking FABR after 1893 for export only. Well known sculptors who worked within the factory are; N. Lieberich, V. Grachev, E. Naps, A. Ober, R. Bach, L. Posen, P. Samonoff.
Measurements: 23.5cm High x 19cm Long x 11cm Wide
Condition: Excellent, untouched original patina. Small break to the ribbon gun strap.