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Comment on Primo februar 1802

Zoëga’s hand is quite legible, and this word is the only one in the letter that is difficult to decipher. One ‘s’ in the middle seems to have been deleted. However, the meaning must be ‘kasse’ (crate) as Thorvaldsen availed himself of Berger’s offer and sent five marble busts in one last crate, besides the four mentioned above, see letter of 20.3.1802 from Thorvaldsen to Abildgaard, which explicitly mentions that the last, fifth crate had been taken on board Berger’s frigate, cf. the article Transportation of Thorvaldsen’s Artworks to Copenhagen 1798 and 1802.

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