Edvard Eriksen

(18761959 ) - Sculptures
ERIKSEN Edvard The Little Mermaid

Bruun Rasmussen /Apr 22, 2008
Not disclosed
78,000.00

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Edvard Eriksen - Den Lille Havfrue

Edvard Eriksen - Den Lille Havfrue

Original 1910
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Lot number: 71
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Edvard Eriksen: The Little Mermaid. "Den lille Havfrue". Edvard Eriksen, b. Copenhagen 1876, d. s.p. 1959 "Den lille Havfrue". The Little Mermaid. Signed and dated Edvard Eriksen 1910. Patinated plaster sculpture. H. 50 cm. Book by Egon Eriksen: "Edvard Eriksen og den lille havfrue" (Edvard Eriksen and The Little Mermaid) is included. Provenance: Stucco Worker Anker Constantin Nielsen, who according to information from the present owners, received the sculpture from Edvard Eriksen in the late 1920s. Anker Constantin Nielsen worked for Eriksen.The present version of the famous and much loved sculpture is unique being the earliest known draft of the work. The Little Mermaid on Langelinie in Copenhagen dates from 1911 and was placed there in 1913. The Mermaid here is dated 1910. In December 1909 Brewer Carl Jacobsen was filled with enthusiasm by Fini Henriques's ballet "Den lille Havfrue" playing at Det kongelige Teater (The Danish National Theatre). In early 1910 Jacobsen asked Edvard Eriksen to create a sculpture of the Mermaid. A clay version of the sculpture from spring 1910 is known from a photo. The clay sketch does not exist anymore and therefore the present plaster sculpture is likely to be the earliest draft. Both the clay and the plaster sketches are characterized by depicting the Mermaid after her change, with human feet and without the Mermaid's tail. That was the way Eriksen wanted to portray her, whereas Jacobsen preferred fins, or else she would not be a Mermaid. The two disagreed on that central point for a while. Finally Jacobsen decided to leave it to the artist who then yielded Jacobsen's wish and changed the feet into fins; a choice with which he ended up being quite pleased. A plaster version with fins from 1910 is thus also known. (Literature: Egon Eriksen, "Edvard Eriksen og den lille havfrue" (Edvard Eriksen and The Little Mermaid), 1998, p. 7-18).
Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Original 1948
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Lot number: 306
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Lot 306 EDVARD ERIKSEN (DANISH 1876-1959) THE LITTLE MERMAID Bronze and stone, signed and dated 1948 bronze 74cm high, overall 97cm high Estimate £15,000-20,000 Note: The Little Mermaid is the main character from Hans Christian Andersen''s fairy tale of the same name, written in 1836, which tells the story of a mermaid who was willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a merperson to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery, saw the ballet of the story, with music composed by Fini Henriques, in 1909 and was so moved by it that he commissioned the sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create The Little Mermaid in bronze. She was modelled with the head of the prima ballerina Ellen Price but, because she refused to model in the nude, the body is that of Eriksen''s wife, Eline. The statue was presented to Copenhagen by Jacobsen and was unveiled on 23rd August 1913 at Langelinie in Copenhagen Harbour. Since then she has become a symbol of Copenhagen and a major tourist attraction, as important to the Danes as the Eiffel Tower is to the French or Big Ben to the English. The statue being sold here is a two thirds size model of the original, cast in bronze and signed and dated 1948. Later reproductions sit on a bronze ''stone'' but this Little Mermaid is one of the few which sits on a stone of the same colour, shape and type as that in Copenhagen Harbour. The father of the current vendors was a vineyard owner in South Africa who exported wine to a number of countries including Denmark. Due to exchange control regulations, his Danish agents, Cherry Heering, had difficulty obtaining foreign currency to pay for one post-war shipment. They proposed that the wine should be paid for by barter and arranged to purchase this model of the Little Mermaid from the sculptor and she was shipped to South Africa. She sat in pride of place at the end of the family''s swimming pool in the Cape until the family returned to England in 1964.
Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

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Lot number: 62
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"The Little Mermaid". Signed Edvard Eriksen. Patinated bronzesculpture. H. 96 cm. In 1913 "The Little Mermaid" was placed on Langelinie,Copenhagen. The sculpture was financed by the brewer Carl Jacobsen.Originally Jacobsen's plan was to place the sculpture in anartificial waterbasin surrounded by an arrangement of flowers. Butafter some time, Edvard Eriksen managed to talk Jacobsen intoplacing the mermaid in a more naturalsurrounding on a rock by theseaside. The figure is executed in three different sizes, of whichthis one is half the size of theoriginal sculpture, thereby makingit the largest of the three bronze-variations excluding the one in4/5 size displayed in Osaka, Japan. In accordance with the artist'stestament no subsequent copies were to be made in the same size as"TheLittle Mermaid" on Langelinie.Literature: "Den lille Havfrue"(The Little Mermaid), Det Berlingske Bogtrykkeri (printing house),1960. Egon Eriksen, "Edvard Eriksen og Den lille Havfrue" (EdvardEriksen and the Little Mermaid), 1998, mentioned herein, reproducedp. 25.The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille havfrue) is a fairytale by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about ayoung mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and heridentity as a merperson to gain a human soul and the love of ahuman prince. The tale was first published in 1837 and has beenadapted to various media including musical theater and animatedfilm.
Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

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Lot number: 24
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Edvard Eriksen: "The Little Mermaid". Sculpture. Edvard Eriksen, b. Copenhagen 1876, d. s.p. 1959 "The Little Mermaid". A patinated bronze sculpture on a granite base. Signed EdvardEriksen, stamped Rolsted's Bronce foundry. H. 96 cm. In 1913 "The Little Mermaid" was placed on Langelinie, Copenhagen. The sculpture was financed by the brewer Carl Jacobsen. Originally Jacobsen's plan was to place the sculpture in an artificial waterbasin surrounded by an arrangement of flowers. But after some time, Edvard Eriksen managed to talk Jacobsen into placing the mermaid in a more natural surrounding on a rock by the seaside. The figure is executed in three different sizes, of which this one is half the size of the original sculpture, thereby making it the largest of the three bronze-variations excluding the one in 4/5 size displayed in Osaka, Japan. In accordance with the artist's testament no subsequent copies were to be made in the same size as the mermaid on Langelinie.Literature: "Den lille Havfrue" ("The Little Mermaid"), Det Berlingske printing house, 1960.Egon Eriksen, "Edvard Eriksen og Den lille Havfrue" (Edvard Eriksen and the Little Mermaid), 1998, mentioned herein, reproduced p. 25.
Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Edvard Eriksen - The Little Mermaid

Original 1937
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Lot number: 996
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Edvard Eriksen; Patinated bronze figure, "The Little Mermaid", on original stone base. Signed Edvard Eriksen, 1937. Edvard Eriksen; (1876-1959) "The Little Mermaid". Signed Edvard Eriksen, 1937. Figure of patinated bronze H. 59 cm. Base H. 21 cm. "The Little Mermaid" was erected in 1913 at Langelinie in Copenhagen. It was paid for by the Danish brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen and his original plan was to place the figure in an artificial pool surrounded by a flowerbeds. Eventually Eriksen however convinced him, that the mermaid would make a much better impression and would seem more natural placed sitting on a rock at the water's edge. The figure was made in three different sizes of which the present version is approximately half the size of the original sculpture and thus one of the largest of the three bronze variants apart from a version in 4/5 size set up in Osaka, Japan. According to the artist's will, no subsequent castings were allowed to have the size of The little Mermaid placed at Langelinie. Like the original sculpture, the present figure has been set up by the strait Øresund, giving it a nice patina. Since 1943 the present sculpture has been in the ownership of the same family. Literature: Egon Eriksen: "Edvard Eriksen og Den lille Havfrue", 1998, mentioned and reproduced p. 25. Price est.: kr 200,000 € 27,000
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