Niklaus Kury

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Niklaus Kury, also Niklaus Courri, (* 3 June 1737 in Reinach BL; † 1803 ibid) was a Swiss sculptor and carver.

Niklaus Kury created two side altars in the parish church in Ettingen in 1765 and, according to Lukas Sarasin’s “Baubuch”, carried out sculptural work in the White and Blue Houses on Rheinsprung in Basel in the 1760s. The only work by Kury that has survived and is documented in files is the former armoury portal of 1777 in Basel, today mounted on the rear façade of the Klingental Museum.

Other works, such as the large wayside cross at the end of the village, in the direction of Aesch, from 1761 as well as the relief supraport from 1770 with a depiction of the flight to Egypt at the Kury farm in Reinach, the portal and the stairway entrance post of the inn “Zum Schlüssel” from 1773 and the tomb of the salt director Franz Anton Goetz in the cemetery from 1785 are attributed to Kury. Goetz commissioned numerous works from Kury. From 1785 to 1787 Kuly worked as a carver on the decoration of the church in Pfeffingen.


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  • Anne Nagel, Martin Möhle, Brigitte Meles: Die Kunstdenkmäler des Kantons Basel-Stadt, vol. 7: Die Altstadt von Grossbasel I – Profanbauten, Bern 2006, pp. 357, 364.

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