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  • rasadam
    Otto Poertzel (1876 - 1973) Born in Scheibe (Thuringer Wald) in Germany on the 24th October 1876, he was the son of a porcelain designer. He studied at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2004
      Otto Poertzel (1876 - 1973)
      Born in Scheibe (Thuringer Wald) in Germany on the 24th October 1876,
      he was the son of a porcelain designer. He studied at the Porcelain
      Industry Technical School under Professor R. Moller before setting up
      as a sculptor in Coburg in 1900. Eight years later he went to the
      Munich Academy to study with Professor Erwin Kurz (1857 - 1931), then
      a famous teacher and sculptor of public statuary, and Adolf von
      Hildebrandt (1847 - 1921). He exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World's
      Fair and the 1910 Brussels International Exhibition. In the 1920's and
      1930's in Coburg, he was commissioned to execute portrait busts and
      figures of various members of the reigning Ducal family of
      Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and came under the protection of the Grand Duke
      Carl Eduard. He also executed a portrait of Ferdinand, the exiled King
      of Bulgaria, who lived in Coburg. In additional to many portraits, he
      sculpted garden statures and public statuary, including some massive
      monuments. He also sculpted the portraits of such personalities as
      Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, and a number of theatre, music
      hall ballet and movie stars. He also designed a number of smaller
      decorative groups for both Prieiss & Kassler and Rosenthal und Maeder.
      While he knew several of the persons he depicted in these designs, he
      actually modeled them from photographs. He had been named Honorary
      Professor by the State, and so his sculptures are normally signed
      "Prof Poetzel". He was a Founder Member of the Coburg Art Association
      serving on its Committee for over 27 years; was Chairman of the Guild
      of St Lucas; and Member of the Imperial Federation of German Artists.
      He was decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Ernestine House Order.
      He died in Coburg on the 16th of January 1963
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