Product Description: This Bismarck Bust is a nice example of a bust that is not often seen. It depicts the German statesman and diplomat Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, the creator of the first unified German state and of the German Empire. This bust is made of zinc, and depicts von Bismarck in civilian clothes, with a cap and coat. The face of von Bismarck retains most of a gilded finish, with age toning that has dulled the shine, as well as some wear that exposes the base metal. The bust retst on an integral plinth, with the name “Bismarck” on a rectangular plaque at bottom front. The clothing on the bust has a silver appearance, while the plinth has a somewhat greenish bronze tone. The bust is detailed and lifelike. The condition of this Bismarck Bust rates as excellent, with traces of wear and age, but no damage. It is a great display object.
Historical Description: European artisans of the 19th and 20th centuries created countless artworks with military and political themes. Some of these were connected to specific military, political, civil and paramilitary organizations, while others were commercially available pieces that anyone could buy. These art pieces took countless forms, from busts or statues of military leaders, to sculpted wall plaques, fine art paintings, fine porcelain, and every other kind of art in use at the time. Some were unique, custom works of art; some of these were made as presentation pieces. Others were mass produced as decorative or souvenir items; catalogs filled with all kinds of such mass-market items were produced by a number of factories. After the end of WWII, artwork featuring military or nationalistic imagery fell out of favor in some European societies. Many pieces were destroyed.
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