BREGENZ. Stammaktie über 100 Sh. LADY AKTIE. multicolour. No 585. Probably the most colourful share to be issued in the 1990s. Based on the painting by Gustav Klimt, Judith II-Salome (1903), which is in the National gallery, Vienna. It shows Judith, in a fine red dress, and Salome, naked but surrounded by rich Egyptian decoration. The whole is set in a great arch. Multicolour with gold print for name, value, logo, and 'Lady Aktie'. Superb printing by a Vienna firm. Klimt (1862-1918) was born and died in Vienna, and did most of his work there. He was almost forgotten until around 1950, when the world started to take seriously the fine decorative painting of the period when Jugendstil was dominant. Since then Klimt has gained an increasing reputation, and his work, with that of his disciples such as Kokoschka and Schiele (and even the 'Pop Art' of the 1960s) has been much in demand. Wolford is a manufacturer of stockings, at Bregenz, Vorarlberg, and is a subsidiary of the Austrian textile giant Palmers. The president, Fritz Humer, is the brother ofPalmers' chief, Rudolf Humer. Fortunately, in the painting, Salome is not wearing Wolford stockings!
Date: 14 February 1995
Startprice: € 50