For the 27th time, some of Germany’s top dealers, who are based in the historic city, will be holding their summer exhibition from July 22 until August 22.
The event is timed to run concurrently with the celebrated Wagner festival in the nearby town of Bayreuth. In previous years, many opera lovers have taken the opportunity for an excursion to one of the most picturesque areas of Bavaria and a UNESCO world heritage site.
While many of the participants have made their name providing antiques and collectables from traditional fields, the aim is to present a broad spectrum, up to and including contemporary art and modern silver.
One of the leading lights in Bamberg is Walter Senger, who has been trading for over 50 years and was one of the initiators of the Antiquitätenwochen. His is a prime address for Old Master paintings and religious sculptures, among them a mid-15th century sandstone figure of St Cecila which has a price tag of €78,000.
Senger’s son-in-law, Thomas Herzog, will be presenting Modern and Contemporary art in his nearby premises.
Christian Eduard Franke- Landwers and his partner Christoph von Seckendorff are selling their customary mix of works of art, from a gold tabatière with the portrait of a German princess to a monumental Amsterdam longcase clock with moon-phases and calendar, made by Hendrik Gyswyt in c.1780 (asking price €26,000).
As in previous years, the Silber Kontor Heiss will be offering a broad selection of Scandinavian and other modern silver.
The Antiquitätenwochen will be accompanied by numerous coinciding events, guided tours and the like, the details of which have yet to be announced.