Hustle and bustle in the harbour of Istanbul


Lempertz made a turnover of almost 7seven million euro at the auctions of Painting, Drawings and Sculpture 15th - 19th Centuries auctions, Jewellery and Decorative Arts. At the pinnacle with € 322,000 was a painting by Peter Paul Rubens ...

A Russian bidder granted € 322,000 for “Saint Theresa of Avila” by Peter Paul Rubens. Painted on wood, it is part of a group commissioned by the Catholic Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the early 1600s. Exhibited in the Museum Rubenshuis in Antwerp from 2014 – 2016, the picture had been estimated at € 250/250,000 (lot 1048). Four panels with scenes from the life of St. Eustace painted by the Maestro di Campo Giove (Nicolo Olivieri della Pietranziera?), active in the 14th century, changed hands for € 198,000 (lot 1001, € 140/160,000).

From Bernardo Strozzi, himself a Capuchin monk, was a Vision of Saint Francis – this theme of stigmatisation is one he portrayed often. The painting was taken on by a midEuropean bidder for € 149,000 (lot 1029, € 130/180,000), whilst a South German collector went to € 124,000 for a triptych of the Adoration of the Magi, Adoration of the Shepherds, and the Flight into Egypt by Jan van Dornicke, called the Master of 1517 (lot 1007, € 100/120,00).

With a small copper plate Allegory of the Night, Jan van Kessel the Elder presented the then unusual fight between bats and their young against weasels and cats, granting the bats the role of heroic protagonists. A Russian collector was the lucky buyer for € 105,000 (lot 1070, € 70/80,000). Frans Francken the younger’s “Various Methods of Achieving Fame” sold for € 81,000 to a Belgian buyer (lot 1032, € 60/80,000), whilst The Virgin and Child with John the Baptist by the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder now joins a South German collection after bidding up to € 87,000 (lot 1009, € 60/80,000). “Village Landscape with Figures and a Well” by Theobald Michau was acquired by a Belgian collector for € 60,000 (lot 1107, € 40/50,000).


As the painterly “Harbour Scene in Istanbul” by the Italian painter Hermann (David Salomon) Corrodi) came up for sale, a long, fierce bidding war was triggered with alone 13 international telephones bidding for the hammer price. Estimated at € 12/14,000, the 80 x 64.5 cm picture by the orientalist painter skipped easily over the 10,000-hurdles to eventually sell for € 124,000 to a London dealer (lot 1208).

Also keenly courted was Robert Kummer’s “Landscape with a View of Duino Palace near Triest”. The cool view of a sunny, precisely painted landscape eventually changed hands for € 45,000 (lot 1193, € 10/15,000). Constantin Ivanonovitch Gorbatoff was represented by two paintings: as well as a sunlit snowscape (€ 22,000), a summery view of a terrace on Capri attracted many bidders, selling for € 35,000 (lot 1227, € 30,000). The drawings were clearly led by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta’s charcoal and chalk drawing of Two Readers, for which a German bidder granted € 55,000 (lot 1144, € 40/50,000).

Two further, very finely worked sheets were also successfully sold: Nicolas Maréchal’s watercolour “Camelus Dromedarius - The Dromedary” climbed to € 33,000 (lot 1158, € 20/25,000), and Adolph von Menzel’s “Portrait of a Bearded Man” from 1889 also rose, this time from € 9/12,000 up to € 32,000 (lot 1166).

The sculptures were presented this season together with a private collection of small works in a separate catalogue. At the top, with a result of € 73,000, was a 68 cm high “Mary Magdalene reading petitions”, made in Nuremberg in around 1520/1525 (lot 1326, € 40/50,000). A wood Madonna and Child made in around 1420 probably in Salzburg changed hands for € 62,000 (lot 1302, € 50/60,000). Measuring only 9.3 x 6 cm framed was an extremely fine paper-cut depiction of John the Baptist in a tree-covered landscape pointing to the Lamb of God. It attracted a considerable amount of interest and was pushed up from € 2,500/3,500 to sell for € 42,000 (lot 1380).