New information about artistKathleen Wieschaus-Voss
Research in preparation for the 2014 exhibit at the Canton (Ohio) Museum of Art has revealed biographical information about Ferdinand Brader. His birth was December 7, 1833 in Kaltbrunn, St Gallen, Switzerland. On December 12, 1901, he was officially declared "Lost and Missing Without A Trace". One can read more about his mysterious disappearance at www.braderexhibit.com.
BRADER STOLEN 8-2-06: "The Simon P. Myers Farm; Springfield Tp; Summit Co; Lynn
STOLEN, on August 2, 2006 from my parents’ Summit County/Akron Ohio farmstead, was our original, one-of-a-kind, 4 foot-wide PENCIL DRAWING by the late 1800's itinarate artist FERDINAND A. BRADER. The title he drew along the lower full-length of our drawing would read:
“The Simon P. Myers Farm, Springfield Tp, Summit Co, Ohio”
-antique value: in Ohio $5,000-$25,000; in Pennsylvania $10,000-$65,000
- size: 4 feet wide x 2 ½-3 feet high
-framed: natural dark walnut frame, approximately 3-4 inches wide; so the actual drawing sets back in deep from the leading edge of the frame; there is glass covering the front of the drawing, and wooden slats for a back cover.
-condition: It is in excellent condition, having been stored in the dark for most of its existence, so the white drawing paper is barely off-white.
- there was a 3x5 index card slipped in the front lower corner with notes regarding how it was purchased from Mr. Myers along with the purchase of the Myers Farm by my grandfather, Claude Ewart in 1917. This may have been thrown out by the thieves since it ID’d the owner.
We can’t begin to go to every sale or shop on our own, and so we really could use your help and networks to get the word out the quicker the better, especially with upcoming Labor Day antique sales and auctions.
If you can be our eyes and ears at auctions, flea markets, antique shops, on-line antique sites, while appraising antiques in someone’s home or private collection, when consigning antiques, or just when you are shootin’ the breeze with anyone in the antique world, we couldn’t be more grateful if you would remember our situation. My 85 and 86 year old parents are sickened by this loss, and just recovering their farm drawing would give them tremendous peace in their remaining years.
Please contact Detective Sheila Church, Springfield Police Dept, Akron, OH with any leads.
My mom and dad and the rest of us appreciate and thank you for your help in advance, and we hope this never happens to your families. God Bless.