The Prussian Auction achieves a record result of 1.3 million euro26.04.2018
The intense bidding war started already at the beginning of the auction in the packed sales room, pushing a rare plate for the Order of the Black Eagle from 1,000 – 1,500 euro up to 8,700 euro; the faience dinner service was commissioned in 1701 by King Frederick I from the Delft “De Grieksche A” manufacturer on the occasion of his coronation (lot 6). Further rare Königlichen Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) objects from the same year also reached good results. An important krater-form vase with a panorama of Unter den Linden topped 74,400 euro (lot 245, estimate 60,000 – 80,000 euro), whilst a further important krater-form vase with a view of ‘Die Linden-Promenade in Berlin’ rose up to 47,100 euro (lot 234, estimate 35,000 – 45,000 euro). A rare eagle-handled vase with views of Berlin and Potsdam (lot 236, estimate 30,000 – 50,000 euro) sold for 37,200 euro, and a pair of scroll-handled vases in the Attic style went for 27,300 euro (lot 282, estimate 20,000 – 30,000 euro). A plate with a ‘view of the Zelte near Berlin’ doubled its estimate to sell for 22,300 (lot 193, estimate 10,000 – 12,000 euro), and a further plate depicting the Jasper room in the Neuen Kammern at Sanssouci initiated an intense bidding war between the room, online and telephone bidders which left the estimate of 1,200 – 1,500 euro far behind to sell for 8,100 (lot 207).
An impressive Portrait of Crown Prince Frederick William III of Prussia, attributed to Johann Heinrich Schröder saw a considerable price rise. Already sold twice in the last 100 years at Lempertz, the pastel work reached a record result of 86,800 euro (lot 164, estimate 15,000 – 20,000 euro). Referenced in Theodor Fontane’s ‘Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg’, a Portrait of King Frederick II of Prussia by the court painter Charles Amédée van Loo reached 99,200 euro (lot 31, estimate 80,000 – 100,00 euro), whilst Lesende mit roter Jacke (Bildnis Ursula Waetzoldt), painted in 1925 by the German painter Oskar Moll, escalated to 27,300 euro (lot 347, estimate 14,000 – 16,000 euro).
The silver offering was led by a pair of candlesticks from the dinner service of Frederick the Great by the court silversmith Christian Lieberkühn from 1746/1747 and rose to 47,100 (lot 29, estimate 40,000 – 60,000 euro). A pair of Rococo candelabra by the Copenhagen goldsmith Andreas Jacob Rudolph from 1755 originally served as an addition to the Augsburg dinner silver at the court of the Danish King Frederick V, and later came into possession of the royal house of Hannover through marriage. They pushed passed their estimate of 15,000 – 18,000 euro and achieved a result of 34,700 euro (lot 43). A pair of platters made for the Counts of Schwerin in 1800 went three times over their estimate to sell for 6,800 euro (lot 144, estimate 2,000 – 3,000 euro).
Berlin cast iron was also in demand this year providing a good result of 4,100 euro for a pair of plates with seasonal allegories, four times the estimate of 800 – 1,000 euro (lot 272). Produced on the occasion of the train line connection between Berlin and Hamburg, a New Year’s plaque from 1848 sold for 2,100 euro (lot 279, estimate 800 – 900 euro), whilst a Prussian collier made in 1825 went for 5,200 euro (lot 200, estimate 1,800 – 2,300 euro).
Other noteworthy results include a 3 x 3.5-meter Berlin Chinoiserie tapestry from the beginning of the 18th century which changed hands for 27,300 euro (lot 12, 22,000 – 25,000 euro) and a rare and important salon chair after a model by Karl Friedrich Schinkel made in 1828/1830 which was sold to an online bidder for 24,800 euro (lot 239, estimate 20,000 – 22,000 euro).
Lot 6: A rare faience plate from the service for the Order of the Black Eagle.
Faience, white-glazed, blue underglaze decoration, iron-red, green and black overglaze decoration, gilded. Diameter 22.2 cm.
Delft, Manufaktur De Grieksche A, Pieter Adriaensz Kocks, 1701 – 1703.
Estimate: 1,000 – 1,500 euro. Result: 8,700 euro
Lot 12: Chinoiserie tapestry.
Polychrome wool and silk. Height 358 cm, width 316 cm.
Berlin, attributed to the Jean Barraban manufactory, the design from around 1710, probably woven by Charles Vigne around 1725.
Estimate: 22,000 – 25,000 euro. Result: 27,300 euro
Lot 29: Pair of candlesticks from the dinner service of Frederick the Great.
Silver, chased and cast. Height 14.5 cm, weight 508 g.
Berlin, Christian Lieberkühn the Younger, 1746/47.
Estimate: 40,000 – 60,000 euro. Result: 47,100 euro
Lot 31: Charles Amédée van Loo Portrait of King Frederick II of Prussia.
Oil on canvas (lined). Signed and dated lower left: L´original a été fait d´apres le Roy, par Amadée van Loo. Anno 1766. 80 x 65.5 cm.
Estimate: 80,000 – 100,000 euro. Result: 99,200 euro.
Lot 43: A pair of Rococo candelabra.
Silver, embossed, cast and engraved. Height circa 23/26 cm, total weight 2685g.
Copenhagen, Andreas Jacob Rudolph, 1755.
Estimate: 15,000 – 18,000 euro. Result: 34,700 euro.
Lot 144: A pair of platters for the Counts of Schwerin.
Silver, embossed. Diameter 35.5 cm, total weight 1645g.
Berlin and Potsdam, around 1800.
Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 euro. Result: 6,800 euro.
Lot 164: Johann Heinrich Schröder, attributed. Portrait of Crown Prince Frederick William III of Prussia.
Pastel on card. 69.5 x 55 cm.
Estimate: 15,000 – 20,000 euro. Result: 86,800 euro.
Lot 193: Plate with a ‘view of the Zelte near Berlin’.
Berlin, KPM, around 1817 – 1823.
Porcelain, matt and shiny gold ground with etched ornaments, enamel decoration. Diameter 24.9 cm.
Estimate: 10,000 – 12,000 euro. Result: 22,300 euro
Lot 234: An important signed krater-form vase with a view of ‘Die Linden-Promenade in Berlin’.
Berlin, KPM, 1824, painted by Johann Eusebius Anton Forst; the base after 1832. Porcelain, apricot-coloured ground, etched gold ground, enamel decoration, original metal screws. Height 42.8 cm, with base 57 cm.
Estimate: 35,000 – 45,000 euro. Result: 47,100 euro.
Lot 236: An eagle-handled vase with views of Berlin and Potsdam.
Berlin, KPM, 1825 – 32.
The decoration attributed to Johann Eusebius Anton Forst.
Porcelain, enamel decoration, chamois-coloured ground reserves, etched matt and shiny gilding. Height 48.5 cm, diameter 29.5 cm.
Estimate: 30,000 – 40,000 euro. Result: 37,200 euro.
Lot 239: A rare and important salon chair.
Mahogany and mahogany veneer, maple, oak, and cane upholstery. 86 x 45.5 x 45 cm.
Carl Wanschaff or Christian Sewening, designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1828/30.
Estimate: 20,000 – 22,000 euro. Result: 24,800 euro.
Lot 245: A krater-form vase with a view of Unter den Linden.
Berlin, KPM, 1830.
The decoration attributed to Eduard Willhelm Forst, the bronze by Werner and Mieth, Berlin.
Porcelain, gold ground with matt and shiny areas, etched decoration, enamel decoration, gilt bronze mount on a wooden core with textile coverings. Blue sceptre mark, brown eagle mark, painter’s mark. Height 49.2 cm.
Estimate: 60,000 – 80,000 euro. Result: 74,400 euro.
Lot 282: A pair of Attic style scroll-vases.
Berlin, KPM, 1847 – 49.
Biscuit porcelain, chamois-coloured ground in the style of faux marbre, sepia decoration, etched gilding. Height circa 40 cm.
Estimate: 20,000 – 30,000. Result: 27,300 euro.
Lot 347: Oskar Moll. Lesende mit roter Jacke (Bildnis Ursula Waetzoldt).
Oil on canvas. 100 x 75 cm. 1925.
Estimate: 14,000 – 16,000. Result: 27,300 euro