Masterpiecesfrom theBischoff collection

Evening sale8 December 2020Cologne

One of the most important German fine art collections to be offered at auction in decades; the H. and I. Bischoff collection will be sold by Lempertz on 8th December 2020. Highlights of the sale include masterpieces that are as rare as they are historically significant: Georges de La Tour's “Fillette au braisier”, the last nocturne by the artist to remain in private hands; Quinten Massys' “The Virgin at Prayer”, a comparison piece to which is housed in the Prado; Marinus van Reymerswale's “The Money Counter”, an exceptionally rare work by this 16th century Dutch eccentric.

"George de la Tours Nocturne „Fillette au braisier“, is a rarity of museum quality on the art market.... Today it is a piece worth millions." - Handelsblatt

Auction 1168 - Masterpieces from the Bischoff Collection

Tuesday 8. December 2020, 17:00 Lot 1 - 22


Tuesday 8 December 2020
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Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
50667 Cologne


Friday 27 November, 10 am–5.30 pm
Saturday 28 November, 10 – 4 pm
Sunday 29 November, 11 am – 4 pm
Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December, 10 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday 5 December, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday 6 December, 11 am – 4 pm
Monday 7 December for external visitors by appointment

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"So it is with justified excitement that La Tour’s atmospheric oil painting of a young girl blowing into the embers of a small coal brazier (1646-48) is due to go under the hammer at the Cologne auction house Lempertz on 8 December with a price tag of €3m-€4m. Not only could it achieve a record price for the artist, it could also become the most expensive Old Master painting ever to be auctioned in Germany." - The Artnewspaper

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"The front of a painting reveals to the observer the beauty of a masterpiece, whereas the back of a painting tells us its history."

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"The Sale „Masterpieces from the I. Bischoff Collection“ on 8 December is an outstanding highpoint of the Autumn season, not only for the Cologne auction house in its 175th year, but also for the German art market. Lempertz will be offering the exceptional collection of Old Master paintings from the possession of the Bremen collectors H. and I. Bischoff which is unique in Germany. Thanks to the knowledge and long standing experience of the its experts, Lempertz was able to secure such an exceptionnel art collection could for sale."