The Snowdrop - Item #797
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
12 Inches High x 4.5 Inches Wide x 3.25 Inches Deep
Swedish artist Per Hasselberg (1850-1894) created the life-sized figure Snöklockan, or The Snowdrop, in 1881, and it is considered his most prominent work. It is also known as The Snowbell and The Spring Snowflake. First cast in plaster, Hasselberg exhibited the sculpture at the 1881 Paris Salon. Many copies and reductions were created afterwards. In 1883, the National Museum in Stockholm commissioned a marble copy, and later in 1900, a bronze copy was made for placement in a park in Stockholm. As the City Museum of Stockholm notes, this bronze reproduction was the first public sculpture in the city installed solely as a work of art. In an issue of London’s Studio International in 1898, one author writing about the work said “the artist has given form to all that is most charming in woman—innocence of heart and purity of mind,” and that The Snowdrop’s soul is “expressed in every line, in every curve of her graceful body.” While her hip swings out, the young female rests her weight on her right leg. Eyes closed, she has one hand in her hair that is pulled back loosely. The other hand touches the tattered piece of cloth wrapped around her upper abdomen. Although the detail is soft in the reduction, at the female’s feet are snowdrops, a type of flower, sculpted into the ground that surrounds her lower right leg.
Artist: Per Hasselberg
Museum/Location: Mariatorget, Stockholm, Sweden, National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden
Time Period: Modern, 1881
1911 Catalog ID # - 1568
The City Museum of Stockholm, "Snöklockan (Spring Snowflake)." Skulptur.stockholm.se, http://www.skulptur.stockholm.se/default.asp?id=9758&lang=EN.
"Petter (Per) Åkesson Per Hasselberg." Nationalmuseum, http://emp-web-84.zetcom.ch/eMP/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=artist&objectId=9408.
"Per Hasselberg." Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, https://webshop.waldemarsudde.se/en/artiklar/9178433254.html.
S.F. "Studio Talk." Studio International. Edited by Charles Holme, vol. 12, no. 58, 15 Jan. 1898, pp. 275. Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=njk6AQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false.