Subject: Diorama of Lincoln making his first speech
the 3rd time he ran for the Illinois Legislature.
4' wide x 2' deep x 3' high box, 5 sided, with front glass door, removable
for maintenance. This is the unfinished work of Art Sieving. The sculptor
died while working on this diorama. Sieving, Ostendorf, Temple and
Wagner would have a meeting to determine the diorama theme. Ostendorf
would draw a working idea with Sieving, Temple and Wagner approval.
Sieving would build the box, construct the building, carve (Lincoln
and three other people) and prepare the diorama to the point where
Wagner would drive it to Dayton, Ohio and Ostendorf would do the background
art work. In this case, Ostendorf started the art work and was going
to try and finish the diorama since Sieving had passed away. Ostendorf
had some of the background dubbed in and had placed a bonnet on the
lady's head when Mrs. Sieving (widow) asked to stop where Art left
off. Her wish was honored. This diorama is a beautiful piece of an
American future frontier President being sculptured in a contemporary
manner. The diorama lets the observer speculate on the finish and
the future. Lincoln the Politician.
Appraised by Chicago Appraisers Association, 540 Frontage Road, Suite
103, Northfield, Illinois 60093 on 11/29/1973.
first speech $4,000.00
(Includes original planning sketch, positive of the original ink and
wash of this scene, original owned by Wagner, and is included in the