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Royal Copenhagen 1535 Chess
Siegfried Wagner trained as a sculptor at the Royal Academy of fine art in Copenhagen from 1889-1894 and later in the workshops of Vilhelm Bissen and J.F. Willumsen. For the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory he created among other things this present chess-set. But he also worked in a wide variety of materials: wood, diorite, marble, granite, sandstone, porphyry, pewter, silver, glass and many others. The list of his works reveals a life of restless industry. The task his solved stretch from monumental sculpture to applied art, furniture and jewellery, as well as woven and knotted carpets.
As an artist, Siegfried Wagner went his own way. He stood outside the classical tradition of Danish sculpture, the association with Egyptian and ancient Oriental art, which he had learned to know on his numerous journeys to North Africa and the Near East, coming more naturally to him.