Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Paul Leschhorn, the collector: a rose in a jar

One of the good things about being proved wrong is the unexpected pleasure it can involve. Although I knew that the German artist Paul Leschhorn was a collector of oriental works of art, I still presented him in my revised post purely as a landscape artist. But here is 'Yellow rose', a flower piece by him that I know will please (and surprise) my friend Gerrie Caspers at The Linosaurus in particular. I include a photograph of Leschhorn with part of his collection, including a Chinese ginger jar. I had wondered why he hadn't used these objects in his work; now we know that he did. First Siccard Redl, now this. What next?


  1. This is a surprise and a pleasure, the vase is great. Clever how the shadowy parts of the decorations are in black. Thanks !

  2. It compares well with similar work by Urushibara and Thiemann.

  3. One day in Strasbourg bought Paul Leschhorn fish at a fish dealer. To his amazement, the fish was wrapped in Chinese woodcuts, of which the dealer had a whole stack as wrapping paper. On his demand replied the dealer that he had bought the woodcuts of Chinese traders in the port of Marseille . In Marseille laid from time to time at Chinese ships on which traders sold Chinese vases and prints. As the origin of the pieces looted around 1912 Forbidden City in Beijing was called . Leschhorn was fascinated by Chinese art . If he could manage it, he traveled to Marseille and bought Chinese vases for his collection. Many of the vases were destroyed by air raids in World War II , Leschhorn could save a few. In the period after the Second World War Paul Leschhorn lives with his wife Anna in a small unheated room in ' Allensbach am Bodensee ' in abject poverty. Both are doing health not good. Leschhorns world is small, he paints and draws almost exclusively at home . There, he creates still life with the few remaining of his vases , flowers and portraits of his wife. From this time the paintings and woodcuts with Asian vases, bowls and blankets come .

    In September 1951 Paul Leschhorn set to end his life .
    Paul Leschhorn is cremated , his urn after Oberschefflenz transferred and buried by his childhood friend , the Reverend August Jaeger at the cemetery in Oberschefflenz (Baden) . August Jaeger hires Anna Leschhorn an apartment in Oberschefflenz . Here Anna is maintained until it dies after a year from the wife of the pastor ( Mathilde Jaeger ) and his daughter (Caritas Jaeger ) . She is buried next to her husband.

    Source: Caritas Dötsch , nee Jaeger : ' From youth. Memories ( of lost worlds ), 2011. '

    J. Jaeger

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