THE THIRD REICH’S architectural triumphs, Olympic events and trade exhibitions, were extravagantly adorned by the most stunning sculptures. These splendours have since been destroyed and their records airbrushed out of the history books by the victors of World War II.
One of Poland’s silver mines is producing so much so silver that it has reached the very top of the ‘largest silver mines in the world’ from the World Silver Survey 2021 ranking.
Nearly 100 years ago, when transport was almost exclusively horse drawn and air travel a fantasy, Adolf Hitler in Munich on April 20, 1923 accurately predicted the defeated and occupied Germany of 2021.
Priceless emerald necklaces and brooches with huge sapphires that once adorned the gowns of Russian tsarinas later found new owners: American socialites and the wives of oil tycoons.
A group of 14 paintings, watercolours, and drawings by the twice elected German chancellor Adolf Hitler went under the hammer at the Weilder auction house in Nuremberg several years ago collectively fetching €400,000 ($450,000).
Allach porcelain collectors are aware of Heinrich Hoffmann’s photograph taken in Obersalzberg on April 20, 1944, in which Heinrich Himmler presents Allach figures to Adolf Hitler for his 55th birthday. This is one of the most “quoted” photographs when it comes to the Allach factory. And here’s the first question I want to ask: “How many figurines are on the table?”
Time can be a complete menace to works of art. Dust, mold, mildew, dirt and even the varnish originally used on a painting can become thick and dark over the years, eventually obscuring or even completely hiding from view the original work.
Since the mid-20th century, the world has only ever heard one side of the most horrific war in human history. During the 75 years that have now passed, only a single narrative of the great conflict has been heard.
Culture and art in the German Third Reich achieved an unprecedented and incomparable level of perfection. Porcelain of the Third Reich includes ceramics inspired and created by craftsmen of a standard that are unlikely to be experienced ever again.
A painting by a Great Master that turns out to be a fake is an all too common story of the art world. But how about a “fake” that is revealed to be authentic?