Emanuel Edward Geflowski (1834 – 1898)

Emanuel Edward Geflowski. A PAIR OF MARBLE PORTRAIT RELIEFS, 1877

Te dwie płaskorzeźby Emanuela Edwarda Geflowskiego (właściwie Gawłowskiego), mało obecnie atrakcyjne dla Polaków, znalazły się na aukcji w UK około rok temu z wyceną 700 – 1,000 GBP. Obecnie jest taniej choć pewnie równie trudno przyjdzie je sprzedać. Piszę by przypomnieć nazwisko tego urodzonego na terenach polskich rzeźbiarza o rzetelnie polskim nazwisku a który wyemigrował do wiktorianskiej Anglii i dla ułatwienia wymowy zmodyfikował swoje nazwisko. Zrobił się tam sławny i był niezwykle cenionym artystą. Temat na kształt Josepha Conrada tyle, że był to rzeźbarz a nie pisarz. Więcej danych biograficznych podałem przy okazji wypłynięcia kilka lat temu na rynek jego rzeźby: https://polishartcorner.com/2019/08/11/emanuel-edward-geflowski-1834-1898/. Również obecnie w opisie katalogowym zawarych jest wiele informacji o tym artyście.To nie jest temat dla handlarzy.

Lot 192. EMANUEL EDWARD GEFLOWSKI (POLISH / BRITISH 1834-1898): A PAIR OF MARBLE PORTRAIT RELIEFS IN GILTWOOD FRAMES DATED 1877 of oval form, each carved in relief depicting a gentleman and lady in profile, signed ‘E.E. Geflowski 1877’, mounted in giltwood and gesso glazed frames in the manner of Fournier, with ribbon-tied rope twist frames, 59cm high (2) Notes: Geflowski was born in Poland but settled in Liverpool in the 1850’s before setting up his own workshop as a sculptor and architectural carver. He became more well known in the 1870s when he won a commission to produce a statue of the engineer and philanthropist Sir William Fairbairn from the much more well known sculptor, Thomas Woolner. The statue was larger than life-size and carved in marble for installation at Manchester Town Hall. He also produced other portrait sculpture such as a bust of Garibaldi (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), a statue of Queen Victoria, commissioned by the Chinese Community of Singapore to commemorate the jubilee, (unveiled in 1881); and a marble statue of Queen Victoria for Kingston, Jamaica which was commissioned for the Diamond Jubilee (unveiled on 22 June 1897). Geflowski also worked as an ecclesiastical sculptor and won numerous commissions to work on altarpieces including a number by the important designer and architect George Gilbert Scott. His church sculpture included those at the chapel of the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (1860); the Coulston Chantry Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster (the chapel was founded in 1856, his work is currently undated but may have been carried out while he was living in Manchester or Liverpool); the carved stone reredos for the church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester (1867-8 for George Gilbert Scott Junior); figure carving on the elaborate reredos for St. Laurence, Stroud (architect George Gilbert Scott, additional carving by Emanuel’s brother Maurice Geflowski, 1872); and an extensive series of carvings for All Soul’s Chapel, Oxford comprising some 36 statues of apostles, prelates and Lancastrian notables, and 82 smaller statuettes (October 1873-October 1875, architect Sir George Gilbert Scott). Scholars David Verey and Alan Brooks also attribute extensive architectural carving at Holy Trinity, Watermoor to Geflowski on behalf of George Gilbert Scott. However, this requires confirmation because the church was built between 1847-51, and so this might place Geflowski’s arrival in Britain earlier than previously recorded. Estimate 400 – 600 GBP. Chiswick Auctions. 02/18/21

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