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Anatomical Torso with Removable Heart by SOMSO

S/N:0063

1940s

  • £420
  • €476 Euro
  • $533 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Anatomical Torso with Removable Heart by SOMSO

LJW ANTIQUES
This anatomical model torso is made primarily from painted plaster, with a painted wood based. The model was produced by the German company SOMSO and is likely to date from the 1940s/50s.
There is something fascinating and mildly macabre about seeing the inner workings of our own bodies - with SOMSO being a renowned and quality producer of anatomical models, this one has excellent detail and rich colours.
Sadly this torso has been the victim of an organ harvester; it would have originally had removable lower organs, intestines and lungs - the fixing points for some of these parts are visible. However the heart remains and as well as being removable, opens to reveal very fine inner details.
The condition of this piece is largely excellent, there is some chipping to the base and small markings to the outer 'skin'. The heart has a chip missing from the upper left area (see photos) as well as a couple of glued cracks - not immediately noticeable.
The model stands 74cm high, is 45cm wide and 23cm deep.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 74cm (29.13in)
  • W: 45cm (17.72in)
  • D: 23cm (9.06in)

Period: 

1940s

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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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