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Poster - Stein der Weisen

Stein der Weisen

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Böld, Alfred (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph poster

  • Museum number:

    E.176-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 81, box 3

Physical description

Colour lithograph poster. Signed with monogram of the artist, A. B.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1911 (made)

Artist/maker

Böld, Alfred (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph poster

Dimensions

Height: 69.7 cm, Width: 93.9 cm

Object history note

'Stein der Weisen' translates as 'Philosopher's Stone'. The poster depicts a woman having her nails buffed by a stooped figure. Due to the alchemic properties of a fantastical item such as a Philosopher's Stone, her nails are being transformed into gold. The man can be read as an antisemitic caricature. However, there are detailed accounts of the Kopp and Joseph owners protecting Jewish members of staff during the 1930s and refusing to dismiss Jewish employees after the Nazi blockade enforced from 1933. Indeed members of the Joseph family were deported to Auschwitz and murdered. Further information can be found in Kreutzmüller, Christoph's 'Final Sale in Berlin: The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945' including images of the store front. Kreutzmüller is a curator at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Descriptive line

Colour lithograph poster advertising Kopp and Joseph nail polishing stones. Germany, ca. 1911.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour lithograph

Subjects depicted

Fingernails

Categories

Posters; Advertising

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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