August Lehmensiek, Bismarck and Möltke, Carlshütte Delligsen

August Lehmensiek, Bismarck and Möltke, Carlshütte Delligsen August Lehmensiek, Bismarck and Möltke, Carlshütte Delligsen August Lehmensiek, Bismarck and Möltke, Carlshütte Delligsen

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Bismarck and Möltke, two large cast iron reliefs made by Carlshütte Delligsen.
The inscribed text reads:
'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'
('Wir Deutsche fürchten Gott, sonst nichts in der Welt')

The back of the Bismarck and Möltke reliefs are both inscribed with: 'Carlshütte, Delligsen'. The Bismarck relief is on the back also inscribed with 'Gesetzl. geschützt.' ('Copyright by Law'). Especially the Bismarck relief was often illegally copied in the past.
The reliefs, designed by August Lehmensiek (unsigned), were made around 1890. They are historic pieces of art.

'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'
'Wir Deutsche fürchten Gott, sonst nichts in der Welt'
Otto van Bismarck (1815 - 1898) was the main designer of the German Kaiser Reich which was founded in 1871 and ended in 1918. He is known as one of the greatest statesmen of the 19th century. He was Minister President of Preußen and from 1871 to 1890 Reichskanzler (Minister President) of the German Kaiser Reich. Bismarck won three wars against Denmark, France and Austria.
The text on the cast iron relief is as follows: 'Wir Deutsche fürchten Gott, aber sonsst Nichts in der Welt', meaning 'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'. It comes from the speech of 'Der Eiserne Kanzler' ('The Iron Chanceler') which was given in the Reichtag on 6 February 1888. However, in the same speech Bismarck also stressed the importance of peace and the danger of conflicts: 'Und die Gottesfurcht ist es schon, die uns den Frieden lieben und pflegen lässt' ('and already that godliness is it, which let us love and foster peace').
Another famous statement of Bismarck was: ‘Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided, but by iron and blood' (‘Nicht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschieden, sondern durch Eisen und Blut’).
Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (1800 - 1891) was a famous German field marshal. He was the Chief of Staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years and he is regarded as one of the great strategists of the latter part of the 19th century. He created a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. Möltke played a significant role in the Second Schleswig War in 1864, planned and led the successful military operations during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and led the Prussian armies in the Franco-Prussian War (1870 - 1871), which paved the way for the creation of the Prussian-led German Empire in 1871.

Foundry Carlshütte, Delligsen - 250 years of iron casting
These two reliefs of Bismarck and Moltke are originals made by Carlshütte Delligsen. The Friedrich-Carls-Hütte in Delligsen, a blast-furnace ironworks company, was founded in 1735. In 1872 its name was changed to Eisenwerke Carlshütte AG. From 1845 to 1895 Carlshütte had an artistic atelier attached, with designers like Ludwig Hage, Hermann Keck, August Koch and the last master designer, August Lehmensiek (1867-1895). In 1895 the production of artwork (such as iron-reliefs, memorial tables, and iron-decoration for bridges, lamp posts, fences and heaters) stopped and the company focused itself mainly on engine parts and industrial mass production. After several mergers and takeovers, Carlshütte had 1,200 employees in 1944. In 1984 the Friedrich Carl Hütte GmbH Stahlgiesserei finally went bankrupt. 

- condition : II             
- size : diameter 41 cm; thick 1 - 4 cm
- signed : unsigned. On the back inscribed: 'Carlshütte Delligsen' and 'Gesetzl. geschützt'
- type : cast iron. In reality the colour is more black                                         
- misc. : professional cleaned and treated with a preserve

* We also have an extremely rare set of the reliefs on offer, signed by August Lehmensiek and executed in bronze/iron.

'Bismarck Shield' ('Bismarck mit Siegerkranze'), cast by Carlshütte Delligsen, measuring 78 x 76 cm. Designer: August Lehmensiek. This shield is located in the Hindenburgstrasse in Hahnenklee, a borough of the city of Goslar, in the German state of the Lower Saxony. This memorial was revealed in 1907 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Hahnenklee. This Bismarck-shield bears the text: ‘Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, Sonnst nichts in der Welt’. The oak tree was planted in 1895 to honor Bismarck.

After August Lehmensiek. Bismarck-relief on the medieval Bismarckbrücke in Dresden-Löbtau (in 1902 named Bismarck Bridge, also named Weißeritzbrücke or Chausseebrücke). In 1916 a Bismarck Bust was placed on the bridge, which disappeared in 1945. In 1998 a new Bismarck relief, created by the foundry ‘Kunstgiesserei Lauchhammer’ replaced the bust. Just like the relief created in 2008 by Kunstgiesserei Lauchhammer, this relief is a copy of the Lehmensiek design. Foto 2014.

After August Lehmensiek. Bismarckturm (‘Bismarck-Tower’), Dresden-Cossebaude, inaugurated 1913. The bronze relief of 60 x 45 cm was created in 2008 by the foundry ‘Kunstgiesserie Lauchhammer’, and was based on ‘historical models’. The tekst reads: ‘OTTO FÜRST VON BISMARCK  * 01. APRIL 1815 + 30. JULI 1898’.

'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'
‘Bismarck bunker’, next to Bois de Hirtzbach, located in Département du Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. ‘Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, sonnst nichts in der Welt’.

'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'
Ernst Wenck, ‘Plague of Bismarck’. Bronze plaque above the entrance of the Bismarck Tower near Eschwege. This monument, 26 meters high and revealed in 1903, is located on the Grossen leuchtberg (318 meters) in North Hesse. The tekst reads: ‘Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott sonst nichts in der Welt’.

'We Germans fear God and nothing else in the world'
Engraved in the wall of the Bismarck Tower in Ansbach (1903): ‘Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, sonnst nichts auf der Welt‘.

August Lehmensiek. Photo: Heimat-Verein Delligsen e.V.


August Lehmensiek
August Lehmensiek was a  German designer who lived in Lower Saxony in the City of Alfeld (next to Delligsen). From 1876 to 1895 he worked as Master at the design atelier of Carlshütte Delligsen.
His predecessors at Carlshütte Delligsen include Ludwig Hage, Herman Keck and August Koch. In the book 'Künstlerischer Eisenguss, Eisenwerk Carlshütte Delligsen', published in 2010, August Lehmensiek is mentioned on page 34 and 35. Here  we can also read an original letter of recommendation for August Lehmensiek, dated 1876, issued by Carlshütte Delligsen: ‘Wir bescheinigen hiermit den August Lehmensiek aus Wispenstein b/Alfeld, dass er vom Jahre 1876 ab auf unsere Abteilung Delligsen als Modelleur u. Vorsteher der Modellierwerkstatt thätig ist u. geben ihm sehr gern das Zeugnis, dass wir mit seinen Leistungen in hohen Grade zufrieden sind. Er ist nicht bloss befähigt nach gegebenen Entwürfen Modelle auszuführen, sondern er ist auch im Stande, selbst Entwürfe in den verschiedenen Stylarten anzufertigen, welche einen guten Geschmack u. hervorragende künstleriche Anlagen verrathen. Zahlreiche Ausführungen der Carlshütte in Ofen- und Kunstguss geben davon Zeugnis.’