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Bonhams to sell finest single-owner collection of European glass from 350 year period 1500-1850
An important glass panel regarded as one of the earliest examples of copper-wheel engraving by Caspar Lehmann, circa 1608, until recently on long-term loan to the British Museum. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The Mühleib Collection of European Glass from 1500 -1850, a fantastic selection of rare quality glass, will be sold by Bonhams in London on Thursday 2nd May in New Bond Street at 10.30am.

Dr. Horst Mühleib assembled his collection of Venetian, German, Austrian and Dutch glass over a period of forty years. Representing some of the finest examples of the period, the Mühleib Collection is one of the first of such a wide-range to be offered on the international market in recent times with over 70 lots for sale. Amongst a number of pieces fresh to the market are several important examples from the significant 1980s sales of the Helfried Krug and Fritz Biemann Collections.

Amongst Dr.Mühleib’s rare Venetian Renaissance glass is a small group of cold-enamelled pieces from the Austrian glasshouse at Innsbruck (circa 1550-1600). Further highlights include a fabulous Baroque goblet cut in the Hochschnitt manner by Friedrich Winter, circa 1700, and an important glass panel regarded as one of the earliest examples of copper-wheel engraving by Caspar Lehmann, circa 1608, until recently on long-term loan to the British Museum.

Simon Cottle, Director of the Glass Department at Bonhams, comments: ”The sale of the Mühleib Collection, offers serious glass enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build their own collections. Bonhams is proud and privileged to be able to sell this outstanding collection which provides an overview of the best glass made in Europe over a three century period.”

There are also two signed and dated 17th century engraved calligraphic glasses by Willem van Heemskerk and the later 18th century stipple-engraving of Frans Greenwood, Aart Schouman, Alius and David Wolff.

The collection also comprises 17th and 18th century Goldrubinglas examples from Dresden and South Germany, Bohemian enamelled Humpen, Schwarzlot enamelled beakers, including a signed example by Johann Schaper, and engraved glass from Nuremberg by the leading 17th century engravers Georg Schwanhardt the Elder and Hermann Schwinger.

A small selection of signed transparent-enamelled glass of the Biedermeier Period of the early 19th century by Anton Kothgasser and August Mohn together with an engraved triple-portrait beaker by Dominik Biemann, dated 1849, completes what may be regarded as one of the finest offerings of 350 years of European glass to appear on the market recently.

Highlights of the collection will be displayed in Rome on 26 and 27 February, Amsterdam on 7-8 March, Cologne 12 -13 March and Munich 21-22 March.

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