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Carl Milles

(Sweden, 1875-1955)
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
9 110 - 11 400 EUR
9 570 - 12 000 USD
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210 000 SEK
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Carl Milles
(Sweden, 1875-1955)


Signed C. Milles. Foundry mark LR 20 Cire Perue. Bronze, green patina. Height 51.5 cm (Marble base 17 cm).

The bow is of and enclosed.


Erik Näslund, "Carl Milles, En biografi", 1991, mentioned at page 336.
Henrik Cornell, "Milles skönhetsvärld", compare picture at page 25.
M.P. Verneuil, "Carl Milles. Sculpteur suédois", compare picture, plate no 104.
Åmells Konsthandel, "Carl Milles", compare cat no 22.
Henrik Cornell, "Carl Milles", SAK, 1963, compare picture cat no 75.

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The slender sculpture "Diana" is a version of the figure Milles worked on for the Diana fountain, which was commissioned by Tändsticksbolaget. It was placed in the courtyard of the house designed by Ivar Tengbom. In the fountain, Diana stands naked, but in the present lot, she wears a skirt that appears to sway in the wind. The 1920's was Milles's most productive period and when he created some of his most renowned pieces. The Diana fountain is one of the more important works created during this time.


Carl Milles was a Swedish sculptor born in Lägga. He studied at the Technical School in Stockholm, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Auguste Rodin and on study trips to Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. In Paris he came to stay for many years and made a living as an ornament carver. He studied the animals in the Jardin des Plantes (the Zoological Garden) and was strongly influenced by Auguste Rodin. Milles made a breakthrough with a monument to Sten Sture in Uppsala. He exhibited at the World's Fair in 1900 and was later given a solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London. Milles was professor of modeling at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm. Well-known sculptures in public places signed by Carl Milles are the "Gustav Vasa" statue at the Nordic Museum, "Orfeusgruppen" outside the concert hall in Stockholm and the "Poseidonfontänen" in Gothenburg.

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