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Statuette - Pomona
  • Pomona
    Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777
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Pomona

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (South, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 - ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Limewood

  • Museum number:

    A.8-1957

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette representing Pomona is made by Ferdinand Ditz in South Germany in the third quarter of the 18th century. The figure formed part of the decoration of the staircase, erected by Abbot Bonifazius Gessnet between 1754 and 1770, in the Abbey of Bildhausen, Unterfranken. Bildhausen, a Cistercian foundation, was secularised in 1803, and since 1914 has been in large part destroyed.
It has also been suggested that the present figure could represent a Sybil, probably the Libyan Sybil, who is normally shown with a garland of roses, and that there were more Sybils on the balustrade which have disappeared.
Dietz (1708-1777), was a German sculptor of the Rococo era. Ferdinand changed his name to Tietz. He was the second son of the sculptor Johann Adam Dietz.

Physical description

Pomona stands cross-legged on a pedestal, her left forearm resting on a tree-trunk. On her head, a garland of flowers, in her left hand a wreath of flowers, she holds a fold of drapery in her right hand up to her breast. The drapery flutters about her form in stiff, angular folds. Figure, tree-trunk, garlands and pedestal are all painted in a light stone-grey.

Place of Origin

Germany (South, made)

Date

ca. 1775 - ca. 1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Limewood

Dimensions

Height: 81.6 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Dr. Heinz Steinmeyer, Munich, under the bequest of Captain H. B. Murray (£1034. 6. 0) and with Purchase Grant (£430. 8. 7).
The figure formed part of the decoration of the staircase, erected by Abbot Bonifazius Gessnet between 1754 and 1770, in the Abbey of Bildhausen, Unterfranken. Bildhausen, a Cistercian foundation, was secularised in 1803, and since 1914 has been in large part destroyed.

Descriptive line

Statuette, limewood, Pomona or a Sybil, South German, by Ferdinand Dietz, third quarter of the 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lindemann, B. W., "Ferdinand Tietz - Probleme des kleinplastischen Werks", in: Zeitschrift des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft, XXXVII, ¼, 1983, pp. 73-108

Materials

Limewood

Subjects depicted

Tree-trunk; Flowers

Categories

Myths & Legends; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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