News


Categories

Germany


img_54-1.jpg

Bernhard Hoetger's 'light and shadow' ceramic figure emerges at German sale

18 November 2019

After training in Düsseldorf and Paris, where he had met Rodin and Maillol, both of whom had a major influence on his work, the German sculptor, painter and architect Bernhard Hoetger (1874-1949) joined the artists’ colony in Darmstadt in 1911.

img_52-3.jpg

A price not to be sneezed at

18 November 2019

In the first decades of the 19th century, watchmakers in many parts of Europe made a living by producing highly ornate watches and gold boxes, many of them for Chinese buyers.

img_54-2.jpg

Snail netsuke from Nagoya crawls into Cologne auction

18 November 2019

During the late 18th century, schools of netsuke carving were established throughout Japan.

img_53-2.jpg

Pupil follows master’s example

18 November 2019

It is no coincidence that a glass bowl designed by Carl Witzmann (1883-1952), which was sold at Dr Fischer (28% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn on October 19, reminded bidders of works by the great Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann. Witzmann was, after all, one of his pupils.

img_54-3.jpg

Rococo couple by Höchst in autumn glory

18 November 2019

The first incarnation of the porcelain factory in Höchst near Frankfurt existed for exactly half a century. It was founded in 1746, making it the second-oldest producer of porcelain in Germany after Meissen.

img_53-1.jpg

Final slice of Soo Pieng

18 November 2019

In recent years, Geble (22.61% buyer’s premium) in Radolfzell has sold several paintings by the Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83) from a German collection.

img_54-4.jpg

Vintage print of Julia Margaret Cameron's 'The Dream' offered at Berlin auction

18 November 2019

Although her career as a photographer lasted only some 16 years, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) is acknowledged as a pioneer of the medium, creating a remarkable oeuvre of portraits and other photographic compositions.

img_52-4.jpg

Einstein surprise at Stuttgart auction

18 November 2019

One of the biggest surprises at Nagel’s (33% buyer’s premium) sale in Stuttgart on October 16-17 came right at the end of the auction.

img_48-1.jpg

Family values at Munich saleroom

18 November 2019

The private collection of the late auctioneer Rudolf Neumeister was on offer at the saleroom bearing his name – which is now run by his daughter.

img_58-1.jpg

Stuck sculpture shows athletic inspiration

28 October 2019

The German artist Franz von Stuck is generally associated with portraits of sultry, mystical fin-de-siècle women, laden with symbolism.

img_60-2.jpg

Panels portray palaces and architectural scenes

28 October 2019

One of the highlights at Lempertz in Cologne on November 15 is a set of nine late-18th century scagliola panels.

img_39-5.jpg

Woodcut wonder at Munich auction

28 October 2019

Shown below is one of the 96 woodcuts produced by Michel Wohlgemuth and Wilhelm Playdenworff for the 1491 edition of Stephan Fridolin’s 'Der Schatzbehalter oder schrein der waren reichtümer des heils unnd ewyger seligkeit' issued by Anton Koberger of Nürnberg.

img_58-4.jpg

Greek doves inspire Romans

28 October 2019

The history of the motif which inspired an unknown Italian master of the second half of the 18th century can be traced back to the 2nd century BC.

img_56-3.jpg

Head of a saint in Munich sale

28 October 2019

The extensive autumn sale at Hermann Historica in Munich runs from November 11-20 and is accompanied by five catalogues for the ‘bricks and mortar’ sale and a further six for the subsequent online auctions.

img_8-3.jpg

Pick of the week: Dürer medal to honour emperor

14 October 2019

Albrecht Dürer’s medal dedicated to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, is among the most important medals of the Northern Renaissance. As only four are known to commerce, the appearance of one for sale is significant.

img_44-1.jpg

Pendulum pioneers

07 October 2019

In 1657, the 10-year-old Dutch orphan Christiaan Reijnaert was apprenticed to clockmaker Salomon Coster in The Hague. It was a momentous time for Coster: he is credited with building the first pendulum clock, incorporating the invention by Christian Huygens.

img_42-3.jpg

Raise a glass to two big Munich fairs on in same month as the huge beer fest

07 October 2019

Autumn in Munich means different things to different people. For several million visitors the high point of the year is the Oktoberfest. For several thousand the main attraction is two art and antiques fairs that run more or less concurrently.

img_44-3.jpg

Lalique table lamp

07 October 2019

Munich auction house Quittenbaum is holding a specialist sale of works by René Lalique on November 12. One of the eye-catchers is an 11in (27cm) high table lamp with a bronze base, engraved with peacocks, and the opalescent figure of a naked young woman holding a translucent drape in her outstretched arms.

img_45-2.jpg

Bible from 1462 on offer

07 October 2019

The most famous book from the first years of printing using moveable type is the Bible produced by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz in the mid-1450s, but in Hamburg on November 25 Ketterer Kunst will be offering another very rare and early Bible.

img_44-6.jpg

Accomplished still-life painter

07 October 2019

Emilie Preyer (1849-1930) obviously learnt a lot from her father Johann Wilhelm Preyer, one of the most famous still-life painters in the Düsseldorf School in the late 19th century.