Bronze sculpture group. "Buffalo hunting was a favourite sport in early times and one which demanded considerable skill and hardihood. The group represents the moment when the attentoon of the animal having been distracted by the hounds, the hunter has the opportunity of delivering the coup-de-grace."
f. schaper fec. 1904 akt.-ges. vorm. h. gladenbeck & sohn berlin-friedrichshagen
Bronze Animals in the Tiergarten
The hunt groups and animal figures, erected in the Tiergarten by Emperor Wilhelm II, are illustrating the importance of the Tiergarten as the former princely hunting ground of the Hohenzollern. Cuno von Uechtritz-Steinkirch created in 1904 the imposing Hubertus Fountain at the Großer Stern, which was removed in 1938. The associated hunting scenes are now in the Fasanerieallee:
These dramatically staged bronze figure groups betrayed the then prevailing neo-baroque style. During a visit to the studio of the sculptor Rudolf Siemering Wilhelm II saw the designs for the monumental Washington Monument in Philadelphia (USA), inaugurated in 1897. Especially the naturalistically rendered animals at the monument base impressed him and he ordered recasts for the Tiergarten. Two of the eight animal figures, cast in 1902 were lost in World War II, six are placed at different locations in the Tiergarten, we photographed the following: