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Image of the 'Stargold birdbath' 1940 by Eleonore Lange in the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield

circa 1940


Eleonore Lange

Germany, Australia

28 Oct 1893 – 20 Aug 1990

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Glenfield Sydney New South Wales Australia
    circa 1940
    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    13.3 x 8.4 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Gift of Frank Hinder 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Eleonore Lange

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  • About

    Eleonore Lange designed this birdbath for the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield. It was produced in cast stone. The inspiration for the sculpture is the story of ‘The Star money’ (German ‘Die Sterntaler’), a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. It tells of the generosity of a poor girl, who gives away everything to those in need. As she stood naked and with nothing left to give away, stars fell to earth, turning to gold as she collected them. The birdbath was Lange's last major work, as she largely withdrew from sculpting after its completion.

    This photograph is one in a series of the birdbath taken by Austrian-Australian photographer Margaret Michaelis.

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