Auction 1237 - Four Centuries of Reverse Glass Painting: The Collection of Gisela and Professor Wolfgang Steiner

On 16th November, Lempertz will auction star works from the Steiner Collection with an accompanying special catalogue. With this collection of European reverse glass painting, compiled over decades and with outstanding expertise, the collector couple Gisela and Professor Wolfgang Steiner document four centuries of this type of artwork from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

A larger group from this collection was acquired by The City of Augsburg, with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Claudia Roth, with a particular focus in on objects with a connection to Augsburg. Works of national importance will be auctioned at Lempertz in Cologne on 16th November.

Nearly 20 years ago, Wolfgang Steiner published Hinterglas und Kupferstich. Hinterglasgemälde und ihre Vorlagen 1550 – 1850, his first academic publication on this hitherto little-studied field. Since then, he has written seven specialist books. Each publication was closely supervised by Wolfgang Steiner, as was the catalogue of this auction.

This special catalogue comprises 95 select lots, the estimates of which have been set deliberately low at the express wish of the collector couple.

Auction Dates

Auction 1237 - 400 Years of Reverse Glass Painting

Decorative Arts
Thursday 16. 11. 2023, 10:00 am
Lot 1 - 95
Auction 1237
400 Years of Reverse Glass Painting
The Gisela and Professor Wolfgang Steiner Collection

Thursday, Nov. 16
10 am

Vernissage Thursday, 9 Nov, 6 pm
Friday, 10 Nov, 10 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, 11 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm, by appointment only
Sunday, 12 Nov, 11 am - 4 pm
Monday, 13 Nov - Wednesday, 15 Nov, 10 am - 5.30 pm

a selection
Munich, St.-Anna-Platz 3
Monday, Nov 6 and Tuesday, Nov 7
Brussels, Rue du Grand Cerf 6 Grote Hertstraat
Thursday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 am - 5 pm

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Jan Bykowski
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