Georg Flegel is not only one of the most famous European still life painters of the early 17th century, but also the first German artist to specialize in this genre. A masterpiece of his creation will be called up in Ketterer Kunst
's auction of Old Masters & Art of the 19th century with an estimate of 90.000-120.000 on 24 May.
Georg Flegel's famous Schrankbild (Cupboard), today in possession of the National Gallery in Prague, was made in close connection with the Stillleben mit Blumenstrauß und Glaspokalen. It is an independent version of the upper half of the Prague Schrankbild, which explains the unusual frontal view on contrary to the normally slightly aslant perspective. Flegel's mastery becomes particularly obvious in the execution of the delicate glasses, the light reflections on their transparent surfaces seem to form a relief. The painting's amazing freshness is largely owed to the bouquet with flowers from different seasons of the year.
Alongside Federico Barocci's red chalk drawing Studie eines stehenden Mannes nach rechts (Auferstandener Christus) from 1590/1609, estimated at 15.000-20.000, the range of offerings in the section of Old Masters is complemented by, among others, Albrecht Dürer's small copper engraving Der Reiter (Ritter, Tod und Teufel) from 1513, which has been estimated at 18.000-24.000.
Along with Franz von Defregger, whose oil painting Die Werbung (estimate 40.000-60.000) picks up a highly emotional theme, Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski's Glückliche Kutschfahrt (estimate: 30.000-50.000) contributes to the section of Art of the 19th century. The work is not only captivating for its surprising perspective, but also for the subtle yet dynamic style, which adds great liveliness to the motif.
With his lovely observations of animal life, Alexander Koester, who is represented with several works, creates a particularly impressive atmosphere. His oil painting Enten am See expresses freedom in
nature in the best tradition of Naturalism and will enter the race with an estimate of 30.000-40.000. Another work, Sechs Enten am Teichufer, has been estimated at 25.000-35.000.
The same estimate has been tagged to Ferdinand Olivier's Campagnalandschaft mit befestigter Stadt. The artist, one of the most important representatives of the Nazarene movement, had never been to Italy at all, however, works by his brother Friedrich impressed him so much that his own illustrations gradually became Italian ideal landscapes. Accordingly, in our oil painting the unspoilt landscape with the typical villages and rock formations is almost tangible. His works are very rare on the art market.
Edward Theodore Compton's oil painting Bei Kaprun: Mooserbodental mit Blick auf den Karlinger Gletscher possesses a truly documentary value. The work from 1916 by Compton, who is represented with roundabout a dozen works, captured the original view into the Mooserboden Valley, which was turned into a barrier lake after damming the mountain creek Kapruner Ache. In the late 1940s, some 30 years after the painting (estimate: 18.000-24.000) was made, a massive dam over a length of 500 meters and a height of 100 meters was build at the end of the valley. Today the lake holds 160 million cubic meters of water and serves the purpose of power generation.
Next to Oskar Mulley's impressive painting Berghof (estimate: 20.000-30.000), Heinrich Bürkel's c. 1850 oil painting Beim Hufschmied im Gebirge (estimate: 15.000-20.000) and Francisco de Goya's seventh edition of the series of 80 sheets Los Caprichos (estimate: 8.000-12.000), Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Le Chapeau épinglé (deuxième planche) (estimate: 30.000-40.000) is also guaranteed to make for excitement in the auction room.
The range of offerings of art of the 19th century is completed by, among others, Paul von Franken's Kaukasus (estimate: 10.000-15.000) and Camille Bellanger's Die Plauderei (estimate: 8.000-10.000), Anton Doll's oil painting Verschneites Dorf and Heinrich von Zügel's Schafe im Pferch (estimates: each 7.000-9.000), as well as by two bronze works by Wassily Jakowlewitsch Grachev (estimate: 9.000-12.000 and 5.000-7.000).