Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Frankfurt am Main
Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Hessen

Rathaushof
(Neues Rathaus)

Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof

Façade statues on the Courtyard of the Town Hall

Heinrich Petry
1900

Frankfurt am Main /  Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof   Frankfurt am Main /  Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof

Description

At one of the buttresses in the courtyard is a pair of statues, their names are written on a banderole in the hands of the little figures carrying the consoles.
  1. (left) Merian - Matthäus Merian der Ältere (Basel 1593 - Langenschwalbach 1650), Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house (Wikipedia).
  2. (right) Lersner - Achilles Augustus von Lersner (Frankfurt am Main 1662 - Frankfurt am Main 1732), patrician and chronicler (Wikipedia).

    Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof
    Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof
    1
    Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof
    2

    The keystones of the both gates are decorated with a half figure of

  3. (north) davidsburg, Jewish peddler, made popular as town character by Friedrich Stoltze.
  4. (south) kannix, Jewish innkeeper Liffgens, nicknamed Kannix, who considered himself a rabbi.

    Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof
    3
    Frankfurt am Main - Fassadenfiguren im Rathaushof
    4

Signature

(Merian and Lersner statues) Petrÿ

Annotation

Built 1900-1908 after designs from the architects Ludwig Neher and Franz von Hoven.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Bookseller
  • Chronicler
  • Davidsburg
  • Engraver
  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Kannix
  • Lersner, Achilles Augustus von
  • Merian, Matthäus
  • Pedlar
  • Petry, Heinrich
  • Publisher
  • Town Hall
  • Location N 50°6'37" E 8°40'50"

    eXTReMe Tracker
    Item Code: dehs183; Photograph: 28 September 2014
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
    If you want to use photos, please contact us via the contact form (in Dutch, English or German).
    © Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt