T03157 PORTRAIT HEAD OF CHRISTIAN FAERBER 1952
Inscribed ‘MM’ on raised stamp at base of neck, left side
Bronze, 10 3/4 × 6 × 8 5/8 (27.4 × 15.2 × 21.8) on wooden base; ht. including base 15 1/8 (38.5)
Presented by Anna Maria Martha Faerber in loving memory of Christian Mario Balthasar Faerber 1980
Lit: Patrick Waldberg and G.di San Lazzaro, Marino Marini: L'Oeuvre Complet, Paris 1970, no.290, p.367 repr.; Carlo Pirovano, Marino Marini Scultore, Milan 1972, no.299, p.164 repr.
The art dealer Christian Faerber was born in Naples in 1901, the son of the Swiss engineer who had built the funicular railway up Vesuvius. He studied art history in Munich and worked for some years in the Matthiesen Gallery in Berlin, then left Germany in 1933 or 1934 because of the Nazis and settled in Sweden, later becoming a Swedish subject. He opened his own gallery in Gothenburg, which he called the Matthiesen Gallery because of his friendship with Mr Matthiesen, but which was completely independent. Then in 1960 he left Sweden to join the staff of the Matthiesen Gallery in London, where he spent the last six or seven years of his life…