Siegfried Wagner (sculptor)

Siegfried Wagner (13 April 1874 – 1 August 1952) was a Danish sculptor.

Siegfried Wagner
Løveborg - Siegfried Wagner (sculptor).jpg
Siegfried with one of his daughters in his home in Kongens Lyngby
Born(1874-04-13)13 April 1874
Died1 August 1952(1952-08-01) (aged 78)
EducationRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Known forSculpture and design
Spouse(s)Olga Wagner

Early life and educationEdit

Vilhelm Bissen's studio in 1893: Siegfried Wagner in the foreground, then Johan Einar Otto and Georg Jensen to the rear

Wagner was born to Jewish–Danish parents on 13 April 1874 in Hamburg. His father was plumber Joseph Meyer Wagner and his mother was Julie Philipsen. He was adopted by his uncle Julius Jacob Heine and Frederikke Wagner in 1892. The family lived in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

Wagner attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1889–96. He worked for some time in Vilhelm Bissen's stidop and under J.F. Willumsen at Bing & Grøndahl. Wagner worked as a teacher at Tegne- og Kunstindustriskolen for Kvinder in 1898–1900. He married Olga Wagner in 1899.[1]


Wagner and Mogens Ballin created a metal workshop in Copenhagen in 1900. In May 1902, Wagner created approximately 65 designs before leaving the workshop in 1902 to assume a position as artistic director of Tvermoes & Abrahamsen's Chandelier Factory.[2]

Wagner was represented at Den Frie Udstilling from 1905. He won the Grand Prix at the World Expo in Paris in 1906.

He died on 1 August 1952 and was buried in Sorgenfri Cemetery (the grave has been removed).[3]


Løveborg in Lyngby

Sigfried and Olga Wagner lived with his foster parents in their Villa Ricca on Lottenborgvej in Kongens Lyngby from circa 1900 and purchased the house in 1910. The house was built in 1898 to a design by Carl Brummer but later adapted and richly decorated by the two artists. It was after their acquisition known as Løveborg.[4]


Wagner's most well-known work is the Lur Blowers on the City Hall Square in Copenhagen. He has also created the Swan Fountain in Varde and a bronze cast of his 1914 bust of Tyge Brahe was installed at the Round Tower in Cpåenhagen in 1932.

His works for Bing & Grøndahl include the Fleurs de Lotus and Polichinelle vases, both of which were created for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris and later gifted to Copenhagen City Hall where they are now on display in the Banquet Hall.[5]

In 2006, Vejen Art Museum exhibited works by Olga and Siegfried Wagner, including sculptures, furniture, ceramics, silver and artefacts in wood.[6]

List of selected worksEdit

Public art, monuments and memorialsEdit

  • Aalborgmanden, Administrationsbygningen, Boulevarden, Aalborg (1912)[7]
  • Lur Blowers, Regnbuepladsen, Copenhagen (1914)[8]
  • Svane og Frø, Frisvadvej, Varde(1938)[9]
  • Ane Ryholt, Trelde Næs, Fredericia Municipality (1930. erected c. 1970)
  • Tyge Brahe (1914, opst. 1932 ved Rundetårn)
  • Bust of C. Bloch, Rigshospitalet's Garden, Copenhagen (1924, erected 1950)

Decorative worksEdit

  • Baptismal font, Hellerup Church, Hellerup
  • Baptismal font, Mariendal Church, Frederiksberg
  • * Two bronze caryatids, Hafnia Building, Holmens Kanal9, Copenhagen (1910–11)
  • Juda Løve (limestone, 1929, Mosaisk vestre, Kbh.)
  • Ravnegruppe, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (1931)
  • Reliefs at Mønsteds Plads, Copenhagen (portal, plaster model 1909)
  • 3 allegorical reliefs, Rockefeller Institute, Juliane Mariesvej 28, Copenhagen (models 1927);
  • Reliefs, Institute of Chemistry and Physics, [[Blegdamsvej 19 and 21, Copenhagen (sandstone models, 1930)
  • 4 reliefs, Psyciatric Clinic, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (artificial stone, 1933)
  • Granite reliefs, Aalborg Court House, Aalborg
  • Granite reliefs, Hobro Court House, Hobro
  • Nykøbing M, Mors (bremerstenrelieffer)
  • Relief on fireplace, Vesterbro 18, Aalborg.
  • Memorial to Edvard Nielsen (1906, Trunderup)
  • Memorial to Fr. Klee (1907, Silkeborg Bad)
  • Monument to Elise Halkier, Tårbæk Cemetery, Tårbæk (1910)
  • Monument to Chr. Henrichsen, Assistens Cemetery, Horsens (1917)
  • Memorial to five fallen Resistance Fighters, Års (1947, with Ejnar Packness)
  • Monument to Danish Jew who died in Theresienstadt (granite, 1946, Mosaisk vestre,);
  • Spme 2++ gravestone, including those of J.E. Otto, )Garrison Cemetery8; Viggo Stuckenberg (Assistens Cemetery, Copenhagen), Frederikke Heine (Mosaisk Vestre, Copenhagen), M.R. Raffel (smst.), dir. Jacob Lachmann (smst.), Valdemar Holm (Vestre Kgrd., Copenhagen), Christian N. Therchilsen (Frederiksberg Old Cemetery), Carl Bernhard Philipsen (Jewish Western Cemetery, Copenhagen)


  • orfulgt (1894)
  • Livets brønd (1904)
  • Stær (bronze, 1904, Kunstindustrimus., with Olga Wagner)
  • Støtten fra Sodoma (1905, Vejen Kunstmuseum, later in limestone)
  • Frøprinsen (porfyr, 1909)
  • Frejr på galten (limestone, 1914-24, with Olga Wagner, Danish National Gallery)
  • David med den overvundne Goliaths hoved (bronze, 1923)
  • Kineser med fisk (model for statue in Tivoli, bronze, 1923)

' Angorakanin (Greenlandic marble, 1942)

  • En træt vandringsmand (plaster, 1948)
  • Borger fra Potu (bronze, 1905)
  • En gammel kone og Kone med krans (stoneware, 1905, bronze in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)
  • I sandhed jeg trykkes hårdt af de lidelser som ere mig beskikkede (1908)
Portrait busts
Portrait medallions


  1. ^ "Siegfried Wagner". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon (in Danish). Kunstindeks Danmark. Archived from the original on 2020-07-27. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Værkstedets historie" (in Danish). Vejen Kunstmuseum. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Siegfried Wagner". (in Danish). Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  4. ^ Teresa Nielsen. "LØVEBORG - billedhuggernes hjem på Lottenborgvej i Lyngby" (in Danish). Vejen Kunstmuseum. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  5. ^ Teresa Nielsen. ""fordringsfulde Krav paa Andagt" - Siegfried Wagners dekorative arbejder" (in Danish). Vejen Kunstmuseum. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Billedhuggerne Olga og Siegfried Wagner" (in Danish). Vejen Kunstmuseum. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Aalborgmanden, opstillingsår 1912" (in Danish). KØS. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Lurblæserne, opstillingsår 1914" (in Danish). KØS. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Svane og Frø, opstillingsår 1937" (in Danish). KØS. Retrieved 23 July 2020.

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