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Born at Scheibe, he became one of the most prominent sculptors in Germany and was for many years under the special protection of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg- Gotha who gave many commission orders. Many of his earlier works were to be found in the salons of German Royal Courts and a few of the most beautiful were purchased by the late King of Bulgaria. It is possible that the confusion between this artist and Ferdinand Preiss is due to the fact that their work is similar in a great many respects, which in turn may be due to their sharing a studio in Berlin.