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VOIGT & DÖLL (Germany 1800-1874 & 1750-1816)

Voigt & Döll Carl Voigt was a great Bavarian medallist and gem-engraver. He was born on 6 Oct 1800 in Berlin. He trained as an engraver in Berlin with the founder and engraver Friedrich Vollgold (b. ca. 1790) and also with the medallist Leonhard Posch. From 1820 to 1825 he worked at the minting works of Gottfried Bernhard Loos (1773-1843) in Berlin. He then travelled to London, where he worked at the Royal Mint under Benedetto Pistrucci, and from there via Paris and Milan to Rome, where his career was furthered by Bertel Thorvaldsen. From 1830 onwards he worked as chief medallist at the Royal Mint in Munich, an office that he held until he moved once again to Rome in 1857. Voigt was a very prolific engraver and his work is among the best of the 19th century. Among the Bavarian coins, special mention should be made of the series of Geschichtstaler (historical thalers) showing the head of Ludwig I of Bavaria on the obverse of every coin and some important event from Bavarian history on the reverse. In Rome Voigt cut several dies for the Papal Mint. His numerous portrait medals reflect his contacts with the ruling houses of Germany, as well as with major artists of his day, such as Thorvaldsen, Peter Cornelius, Ludwig von Schwanthaler and Jakob Rauch. The models for his medals, executed in wax, are in the Accademia Nazionale di S Luca in Rome. Carl Voigt died on 13 October 1874 in Trieste.

Friedrich Wilhelm Eugen Döll was a German sculptor. He was born on 8 October 1750 at Veilsdorf bei Hildburghausen. A pupil under Ney, Döll spent time in Paris and Rome from 1770 to 1773 on behalf of Ernst (later duke of Gotha). In Rome he trained further under Raphael Mengs and Johann Friedrich Reiffenstein. On his return he was appointed court sculptor in 1781 and received commissions for busts, monuments and reliefs, particularly for the residences at Gotha, Anhalt-Dessau and Meiningen. In 1786 he became a professor and in 1787 was put in charge of art monuments in Gotha. Döll died on 30 March 1816 in Gotha.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]

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