Twinight Collection II

The Twinight Collection II
Auction

Lempertz, Berlin
6 April 2019

Greek Philosophy in South East Asia

EWER WITH A PORTRAIT OF THALES

 

Estimated price:
€ 15.000 – € 20.000

According to tradition, this jug was presented to the King of Thailand in 1861 as a diplomatic gift. With the portrait of Thales of Miletus – one of the Seven Wise Men of classical antiquity and one of the most significant scientists and philosophers of ancient Greece – a choice was made that would surely appeal directly to the recipient. Even a king sometimes needs good advice.

Sèvres, height 23,8 cm, 1814 – 24
A Fragile Masterpiece

so-called Nuptial vase from the service of the Order of the Iron Helmet,
Berlin, KPM, height 46,2 cm, ca. 1818

VASE WITH ALDOBRANDIN WEDDING

 

Estimated price:
€ 25.000 – € 35.000

Around 1818 the Hessian crown prince Wilhelm ordered a service from the ‘Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur’ in Berlin, which was even more copious than the famous six Feldherren [generals] services, which the King of Prussia gave to selected military leaders following the Battle of Leipzig. Alone 520 dinner plates and 300 dessert plates as well as many other place settings for the different orders of courses were produced for the service of the Hessian Order of the Iron Helmet – the most extensive service the Prussian manufactory should ever produce. This vase, modelled on an alabaster lamp, also belonged to the magnificent table decoration, which is still almost completely in the possession of the House of Hesse.

Niedermayer’s Lucky Day

TRAY WITH A BASKET OF FLOWERS

 

Estimated price:
€ 40.000 – € 60.000

In 1800, following his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Joseph Nigg (1782-1863) was engaged as a painter by the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory under Niedermayer where he was employed until 1843. In 1816, the year in which the tray was painted, he was chosen to supervise the flower painting. At this point, he had already developed his typical, unmistakable: breathtakingly precise compositions mostly consisting of dense floral arrangements in luminous polychromy. Anyone seeing the voluptuous clouds of flowers today will immediately comprehend why Nigg is still considered one of the most prominent flower painters of his era.

The porcelain Vienna, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory under Matthias Niedermayer,
fired 1816, painted by Joseph Nigg, height 3 x width 42.5 x depth 32.8 cm,
giltwood frame height 50.5 x width 58.5 cm, 1816

TRAY WITH A BASKET OF FLOWERS

 

Estimated price:
€ 40.000 – € 60.000

In 1800, following his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Joseph Nigg (1782-1863) was engaged as a painter by the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory under Niedermayer where he was employed until 1843. In 1816, the year in which the tray was painted, he was chosen to supervise the flower painting. At this point, he had already developed his typical, unmistakable: breathtakingly precise compositions mostly consisting of dense floral arrangements in luminous polychromy. Anyone seeing the voluptuous clouds of flowers today will immediately comprehend why Nigg is still considered one of the most prominent flower painters of his era.

The porcelain Vienna, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory under Matthias Niedermayer,
fired 1816, painted by Joseph Nigg, height 3 x width 42.5 x depth 32.8 cm,
giltwood frame height 50.5 x width 58.5 cm, 1816