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AUCTION 'ARTWORKS & ANTIQUES' 5th - 6th SEPTEMBER 2008
AUCTION: Friday, 5th September 2008, from 2pm. Saturday, 6th September 2008, from 10am.
Preliminary viewing (28.8. – 3.9.2008) Mon - Fri 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Sat + Sun 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem !
Whatever you do, do it prudently and consider the outcome!
Marsyas should have considered this line taken from the 'Gesta Romanorum' before he challenged Apollo to a contest of music and lost his hide and life. In his painting 'Marsyas challenging Apollo', the important German-Italian painter Johan Karl Loth (1632-1698) offers his view of the forthcoming death of Marsyas in a pictorial composition dexterously combining the different stages of the drama (Reserve price: € 6,500).
With a considerable 1,500 lots – which is double the number of lots compared to our exiting debut in January – and a catalogue comprising almost 500 pages, Hargesheimer & Günther Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf are ready to sound the bell for their section round of auctions in the area of Artworks & Antiques.
Top-class items including sculptures, paintings, porcelain, glass, Art Nouveau, silverware, ceramics, Orientalia, jewellery, furniture and carpets will be put up for auction on two days, on the 5th and 6th of September 2008.
Apollo's mythological disgraceful deed against Marsyas is accompanied by fine works of other 17th and 18th century master painters: Adrian Backer, Michiel Carree, Jacob van Hulsdonck, Adrian Hannemann, Christoph Nikolaus Kleemann, Gustav Lundberg, Anton Raphael Mengs, Willem de Poorter, Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Esaias van de Velde, and Elias Vonck.
Rich in figures and with some topographic freedom comes this painting of Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), who spent many years in Rome and Amsterdam, featuring the Colosseum and Constantine's Arch (Reserve price: € 2,200).
The Düsseldorf School is represented by the brothers Andreas and Oswald Achenbach: an oil painting of a heathland landscape by Andreas (Reserve price: € 5,000) and a landscape with figure staffage in watercolour by Oswald (Reserve price: € 5,000), inspired by his journeys to Italy.
This forest landscape with a horseman, shepherd and sheep by Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (Reserve price: € 15,000) comes from a private collection in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Names like Alois Arnegger, Fritz Beinke, Herbert Böttger, Cölestin Brügner, Enrique Estevan Y Vicente, Heinz Flockenhaus, Georg and Wilhelm Hambüchen, Karl Hauptmann, Charles Hoguet, Charles Hue, Emil Hünten, Olof Jernberg, Karl Kauffmann, Christian Kröner, Rolf Dieter Meyer-Wiegand, Wilhelm Schreuer, Christian Sell the Younger, August von Siegen and many others speak for themselves and support the great diversity of our portfolio of paintings with its more than 450 lots.
Enthusiasts of Russian works of art can also be sure to get what they are looking for at Hargesheimer & Günther:
A very exciting item, especially for collectors of old Russian icons, is this leather-wrapped, hinged triptych that approximately dates back to the 16th century featuring portrayals of the Madonna and the Infant Jesus, the Holy Trinity, the Annunciation scene, the 12 Apostles and Old Testament Saints (Reserve price: € 6,000).
Vasilij Vasiljevic Vereshchagin painted the portrait of a 'Dark-skinned man with shawl’; Sergei Swjatoslawski looked over the 'Roofs of town'; while Konstantin Egorovitch Makovski preferred to portray the ladies. An interesting subject offers the 'Attack of the Cossacks' by Karl Wilhelm Hahn (1829-1887) dated 1858.
With 'La jeune femme', the sought-after St. Petersburg painter Konstantin Andreevic Somov delivered a charming woman's portrait in watercolour in 1898 – a creative period, when Somov in particular painted scenes from the Russian Rococo and Biedermeier (Reserve price: € 8,500).
Clad in an Oriental apparel and with a richly decorated Doré base comes a splendid covered vase manufactured in the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg. The combination of porcelain with polychrome painted ornaments and fire-gilded bronze details stems from the era of Tsar Nicholas I and is expected to initiate an exciting 'bidding battle' (Reserve price: € 4,800).
Our Art Nouveau section deserves special attention – already during the first auction of Hargesheimer & Günther, this section particularly attracted the attention of many bidders. An extremely rare item, possibly the only one of its kind manufactured for a World Fair in the workshop of Richard Riemerschmid, is this perfectly shaped propeller mirror – the highlight among the Art Nouveau lots (Reserve price: € 5,300).
A comprehensive collection of extremely rare and significant porcelain figures of the Schwarzburger Werkstätten came to our premises from a private collector from Lower Saxony. With the 'Sitting tiger with antelope head', we will auction a figure with a form that has not been found in any auctioneer's catalogue so far (Reserve price: € 320).
Porcelain items of the Factories Meißen, KPM-Berlin, Rosenthal, Jugendstilfiguren von Alfred König, Konrad Hentschel, Willi Neuhäuser; glass objects of Legras & Cie, Emile Gallé, Andre Delatte, Daum Frères (Nancy), the Cristallerie de Croismare, Wilhelm Kralik, Fachschule Zwiesel, Gräflich Harrachsche Glasfabrik Neuwelt, Josephinenhütte, Lötz Wwe., Moser, Muller-Frères, Pallme König & Habel, Steinschönau; and silver items by Georg Jensen, Bruckmann and Thedor Müller, Weimar ensure interesting bidding battles.
The 'Silver Items' section not only features a rare decorative pot my Master Johann Georg Kloße made between 1743 and 1745 in Augsburg (Reserve price: € 3,800), but also a precious pair of Empire-style candelabras of Master Johann David Klose from the time around 1820 (Reserve price: € 2,200).
The 'Orientalia' section features an item of particular rarity value – a watercolour painting of Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951). The 'Temple scene with musicians' comes with first-class provenance and was a personal gift of Noble prize winner Rabindranath Tagore to renowned anthropologist Prof. Dr. Dr. Egon Freiherr von Eichstedt, who was living in Calcutta for many years. This gem of outstandingly high quality is one of the absolute highlights of this auction of Hargesheimer & Günther (Reserve price: € 12,000).
With more than 200 lots, the porcelain items on offer are numerous and diverse – the offer includes, above all, Meissen china from three centuries including a rare ensemble with milk jug and sugar bowl from the early days of the Meissen Manufactory (Reserve price: € 3,500).
Chinese porcelain of almost all epochs, a collection of Japanese 'Netsuke', temple sculptures from Thailand and China, bronze sculptures, oriental artisan craftwork, and a collection of Balinese artists (I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and others) make up the 150 lots on offer in the Oriental Art section.
Our 'Jewellery' section offers the right gem for every occasion – beautiful, precious items that make women's eyes shine and men digging deep into their pockets... Here, Hargesheimer & Günther offer more than 250 items that span from baroque to modern design. Perfectly cut diamonds and elegant pearls were always the right thing to touch women's hearts. One can only hope that the men become aware of their hopeless situation – as an old Latin saying goes: Amantes amentes – being in love means being out of control!
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