10th Lempertz Berlin Auction04.04.2017
Lempertz will be holding their tenth traditional Berlin Sale on 3rd May starting at 6 pm, with works in porcelain, silver, as well as paintings with Prussian connection, coming under the hammer.
An exceptionally large Royal Berlin KPM Munich form vase no. 3 was a last minute consignment, and at € 50,000 – 80,000 is also the most highly estimated piece among the porcelain on offer this season. The piece was made in the 1830s, measures just under 80 cm in height and is painted with two annotated views of Berlin opera house and theatre. An entry in the royal account books from 4th April 1834 records that Frederick William III commissioned the piece as a gift for field marshal Duke Wittgenstein on occasion of his advancement to the rank of Prince (lot 449).
The sale will also feature the second part of a West German private collection, the first part of which was already sold in 2016. Alongside a large tureen from the 2nd Potsdam service made in 1767 for Frederick II (lot 301, estimate €20,000 – 25,000) further highlights include an elegant service with micro-mosaic décor from 1820 (lot 353, estimate € 14,000 – 16,000) and a plate with cameo décor from an extensive service made for Princess Louise of Prussia, estimated at € 6,000 – 8,000. The later Queen of the Netherlands received the service on occasion of her marriage in 1825 (lot 355).
A further undisputed highlight of this auction is the life-sized marble figure “Die Nacht” by Emil Wolff, estimated at € 60,000 – 80,000. This fine work, weighing over 700kg, depicts an allegory of night as a nude young woman, who uses her right hand to pull a starry veil over her head and holds two poppy flowers in her left. At her feet perches an owl – a bird whose ability to see in darkness caused it to become a potent symbol of wisdom. Wolff was born in Berlin in 1802 and began his studies at the Berlin Art Academy in 1815. He was taught, among others, by his uncle Johann Gottfried Schadow, who is known for sculpting the quadriga that crowns Brandenburg Gate. An academic prize enabled Wolff, whose paintings now hang in the Louvre, to visit Rome when he was 20 years old. He then settled in the city and there was heavily influenced by the style of Bertel Thorwaldsen. This work, entitled “Die Nacht” (The Night), was made the Italian capital after 1830 (lot 442).
The auction will open with the Russian Sale at 11 am. Three of the ten pieces of porcelain on offer in this part of the auction originate from the wedding service of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, and include a glass-cooler made by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in St. Petersburg estimated at € 25,000 – 30,000. The oval dish was fired in 1801, but decorated in 1804 with picturesque views annotated "Ruine de Palais imperial" and "Vue du Village de Mammren” (lot 2). The main portion of the sale is comprised of an Austrian collection of around 50 Russian gouaches: Primarily costume designs from the early years of revolutionary theatre. The work “2nd Anniversary of the Artist’s Association”, presumably made just prior to 1920 by Iwan Albertowitsch Puni, is a particularly important highlight of this collection (lot 12, estimated € 10.000 – 15,000).
The Gronert Collection, presented in a separate catalogue, will come under the hammer after 4 pm. The Berlin art dealer Ulrich Gronert collected European decorative arts spanning the last 300 years - with a focus on Berlin KPM porcelain – for almost half a century. Alongside Royal Berlin, his collection also includes exquisite porcelain from other manufactories, including Meissen and Sèvres, as well as fine silver, paintings, and sculptures. The collection encompasses over 140 lots and includes numerous rare highlights, such as a stunning Berlin KPM vase with parrot décor, measuring just under 60 cm and estimated at € 18,000 – 25,000 (lot 164). The collection also includes the painting “Landscape near Aibling”, painted by Georg Schrimpf in 1931, which is estimated at € 36,000 – 40,000, and is completed by a selection of fine bronzes. These include Georg Kolbe’s crouching figure “Kauernde” (estimate € 30,000 – 35,000) and two figures of horses by Renée Sintenis (lots 226 and 227) each estimated at € 10,000 – 12,000.
Thursday, 27th April to Monday, 1st May from 11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, 2nd May from 10 am – 1 pm
Auction on 3rd May 2017
11 am Russian Sale
4 pm Gronert Collection
6 pm Berlin Auction
Lot 2: Glass-cooler from the wedding service of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. Porcelain with enamel décor, matte and polished gilding. H 12.6, W 30.5 cm. Imperial Porcelain Manufactory St. Petersburg, fired before 1801, decorated 1804. Estimate € 25,000 – 30,000.
Lot 12: “2nd Anniversary of the Artists‘ Association”. Graphite, charcoal, and wax crayon on machine-made paper. 101.6 x 69.1 cm. Attributed to Iwan Albertowitsch Puni et al., presumably before 1920. Estimate: € 10,000 – 15,000.
Lot 164: A large Berlin KPM vase with parrot decor. Underglaze and overglaze décor, relief enamel, gilding. H 58 cm. Decorated by Lorenz Lang, 1908. Estimate: € 18,000 – 25,000.
Lot 353: A rare Berlin KPM porcelain service with micro-mosaic décor. Porcelain, etched and relief gilding, enamel decor. Circa 1820. Estimate: € 14,000 – 16,000.
Lot 355: Berlin KPM porcelain dessert plate with cameo décor made for Princess Louise. Porcelain, overglaze décor with chocolate brown ground and camaieu painting, etched and polished gilding. ø 24,3 cm. 1825. Estimate: € 6,000 – 8,000.
Lot 442: Emil Wolff, “Die Nacht”. White Carrara marble. H without base ca. 152, W ca. 68, D ca. 45 cm; with base 86 cm x 74 cm x 57 cm. Presumably after 1830. Estimate: € 60,000 – 80,000.
Lot 449: Berlin KPM Munich-form vase No. 3 with two handles. The gilt decor attributed to Johann Heinrich Strack, the views presumably after Carl Daniel Freydanck. 1830s. H 78.5 cm. Estimate: € 50,000 – 80,000.