New to the market and of an extraordinary quality that accounts for the 28 objects from a private collection from Luxembourg that will be auctioned by Ketterer Kunst
on 14 May, 2013. Most works originate from the 19th century and those who think these days were dull and dreary will be surprised and astonished by the sight of this collection.
Their lucent colors can even compete with works of Modernism, and they are definitely not outshone by French Impressionism, either. In their medi-tative character they let the observer forget immediately about 21st centurys hectic. Whether its the clear blue sky, the warm winter light or spectacular displays of light and shade - the naturalistic, almost photorealistic style in combination with a remarkable brush handling and color concept brings to live the magic and lust for life of these bygone times.
With a sure eye for quality the collection was compiled over years. Those who will fall for its charm will benefit from a booming art market and have an excellent opportunity to buy moderately estimated world class works that one would elsewise find only with higher quotations in London or New York.
Next to artists of the Duesseldorf School, the focus is on works by renowned Scandinavian artists such as Hans Andersen Brendekilde, Johan Laurentz Jensen and Peder Mørk Mønsted. The latter was quite fond of southern scenes. He was portraitist of the Greek royal family and went on extensive journeys to Malta, Corsica, Italy and Egypt. But the Danish native also spent some time in Germany. Whether his Niveous Winter Forest in Sunlight was painted there or in Denmark remains oblivious; what is sure though is that the charming snow landscape belongs among his masterpieces. Particularly his depictions of nature made Mønsted one of the most famous international landscape painters at the turn of the century. With its dimensions of 120 x 200 cm (47.2 x 78.7 in) the painting counts among the highly treasured large formats that are extremely rare on the auction market. The estimate is at 60.000-80.000.
Collectors with less wall space do not have to do without a work by Mønsted though: With the two oil paintings Spring Landscape (24 x 33 cm) and Tarifa. Sailing Ships near Gibraltar (12 x 32,8 cm) the collection also offers two extremely charming works in smaller dimensions. Additionally, with estimates of 5.000-7.000 and 4.000-6.000 respectively, they are easier on the wallet as well.
Along with two flower still lives by Johan Laurentz Jensen with estimates of 25.000-35.000 and 18.000-24.000 respectively, the Fishing Boy (estimate: 15.000-18.000) by Hans Andersen Brendekilde will be at top of the list of desired objects.
The collections unusual range of offerings is rounded off by, among others, an oil painting from Oswald Achenbach that hasnt been offered on the market since 1967. The idealized landscape illuminated by a light Mediterranean sunlight Capo d'Orlando between Sorrent and Castellamare will be called up with an estimate of 40.000-60.000. Two other captivating oil paintings come from Hugo Mühlig (Hessenmarkt near Alsfeld, estimate: 30.000-40.000 and Musicians Returning Home in Snow, estimate: 20.000-30.000). Last but not least two monastery views by Carl Georg Adolph Hasenpflug with estimates at 20.000-35.000 are also worthwhile mentioning.
Other big names in the collection are Michael Peter Ancher, Carl von Blaas, Eugen Felix Prosper Bracht, Leopold Fertbauer, Paul Fischer, Carl Jutz the Elder, Peter Severin Krøyer, Albert Lebourg, Theodor Mattenheimer, Friedrich Eduard Meyerheim and Emilie Preyer.
But the Luxembourg collection is not all the auction of Old Masters and Art from the 19th Century has to offer. Further highlights of 19th century art are Christian Malis Peasant Woman and Shepherd Boy with Cattle and Sheep on a Lakeshore and Eduard von Grützners Falstaff (estimate: each 7.000-9.000) as well as half a dozen works by Friedrich Voltz and an atmospheric classic by Alexander Koester (Ducks (Sea Landscape), estimate: 45.000-55.000.
Next to a feather drawing by Jacob Philipp Hackert, that has been estimated at 5.000-7.000, other impressive works on paper are Wilhelm von Kobells watercolor Wayside Encounters as well as nine pencil drawings by Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert.
The Great Happiness can be found in the department of Old Masters and could be obtained for as little as 7.000-9.0000. The engraving Adam and Eve was also made by Albrecht Dürer and will enter the race with an estimate of 20.000-30.000.
Three works by Harmensz. Rembrandt van Rijn are very likely to make for exciting bidding. While the two etchings Huts on a Canal View of Diemen near Amsterdam and the rare Self Portrait with Saber are each estimated at 7.000-9.000, the estimate for the extremely attractive work Rembrandts Mother with Black Veil is at 10.000-15.000.