Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in).
Lot 15
Anton van Wouw
(South African, 1862-1945)
The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in).
Sold for £97,500 (US$ 126,155) inc. premium

Lot Details
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in). Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in). Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in). Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945) The hammer worker 60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in).
Anton van Wouw (South African, 1862-1945)
The hammer worker
signed and dated 'AvanWouw / 1911 Joh.burg' (lower right of base); inscribed 'FONDERIA G. NISINI ROMA.' (front bottom edge)
bronze
60 x 67 x 23cm (24 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Purchased by a private collector in the 1950s, UK.
    By direct descent to the current owner, UK.


    The Hammer Worker is one of Anton van Wouw's most recognizable sculptures. It depicts an African miner sitting beneath an overhanging rock ledge, working away at the hard surface with hammer and chisel. His labours echo those of the sculptor himself.

    There are two versions of The Hammer Worker: the current full size cast (60cm high), and a smaller cast (13cm high). It has been said that the smaller version was created because of the subject's great appeal and high demand:

    "[the larger version's] price has always, even during the artist's lifetime, been exceptionally high."

    Bibliography
    A.E. Duffey, Anton van Wouw: The Smaller Works, (Pretoria, 2008), p.89.
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