Roaring lions and knights that fear neither death nor the devil are on parade in Munich on 21 November just as a group of children playing blindman's buff and an elderly gentleman waiting for the paper. For the grand finale of Ketterer Kunst
's 60th anniversary the auction of Old Masters & Art of the 19th century presents a manifold range of offers.
The identity of the man enjoying the sun awaiting the newspaper is unknown, however, the artist of In Erwartung der Zeitung is even famous: Carl Spitzweg created this idyl with subtle humor and a great love for the detail. The estimate for the work, its provenance can be traced back to the artist's sales list from 1880, is at 70,000-90,000.
Additionally, the section of Art of the 19th century offers, next to Hans Thoma's oil on paper work 'Schwarzwald- tannen (Beerenpflückerinnen)', estimated at 30.000-40.000, an oil painting by Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert showing two roaring lions on a rock. It has been estimated at 25,000- 35,000 and was made around 1919 delivering proof of the artist's mastery in the depiction of animals.
The same estimate has been tagged to Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen's atmospheric oil painting 'Das Blindekuhspiel' from 1868, which is another top lot in this section. The soft coloring, the vividly modeled bodies and faces, as well as the great depiction of nature add wonderful harmony to this composition and make for the work's remarkably merry character.
Three landscape paintings with estimates of 20,000-30,000 each are quite different in terms of impression and atmosphere. Otto Georgi, one of the first German 'Orientalists', contributes the captivating oil painting 'Blick auf Bethlehem mit Flucht nach Ägypten', Jósef Kostzta a 'Bauernhof mit Heuhocken' and Paul Baum the 'Bäume im Frühling', which reflects the author's passion for Impressionism.
The range of offers in this section is completed by works from, among others, Edmund Adler, Franz von Defregger, Antonio Marini and Julius Steinkopf, as well as by select drawings, some of them in colors and original graphic prints by Albert Anker, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, James Ensor, Ludwig von Hofmann and Wilhelm von Kobell.
The section of Old Masters, which, honoring the house's core competence, offers a good amount of original graphic prints and hand drawings, is led by an excellent and both strikingly as well as neatly executed print on laid paper from 1513 with an estimate of 30,000-40,000. Albrecht Dürer, who contributes around half a dozen works to the auction, masterly contrasts this world with the afterworld in the extremely elaborate engraving 'Der Reiter (Ritter, Tod und Teufel)'.
A very strong account of life in this world are the buzzling stands in Canaletto's (Bernardo Bellottos) etching 'Der Altmarkt in Dresden'. The etching plate of this work was destroyed in the artist's house during Prussian barrage just eight years after it was made. The estimate is at 9,000-12,000.
The etching by Johannes van Doetechum 'Der Heilige Martin mit seinem Pferd auf einem Schiff' from 1561 will enter the race with the same estimate. The sheet is among the much sought-after graphic works after Hieronymus Bosch, one of the great visionaries of occidental art history.
Next to two brush drawings by Jacob Philip Hackert, each estimated at 7,000-9,000, it is the draw- ing 'Sizilianische Küste bei Taormina' (estimate: 8.000-12.000) by Christoph Kniep, who was a friend of Hackert and Wilhelm Tischbein, that is particularly captivating. In 1787 the latter established contact with Goethe, whom Kniep accompanied to Sicily, where mentioned sheet was made the same year.
The array of works on paper is accompanied by works from further established and sought-after names, such as Rembrandt, Piranesi and Goya, as well as by sheets from a more moderate price segment: Hearts of younger collectors will be thrilled by works from Aldegrever, Caraglio, Castiglione, Ostade and Tiepolo, all of excellent quality. The complete series of 18 homogeneous sheets with water deities by Philips Galle from 1586 is also guaranteed to make for excitement in the auction room.
A part of the catalog is exclusively dedicated to a very special private collection. The collection was started in the mid 19th century. Merged from two different branches of one family later, the Southern German collector contributes more than 100 lot numbers of select hand drawings, the early foundation of this collection. Among them, for example, two works by Hans Rottenhammer, whose feather drawing 'Anbetung des Hirten' will enter the race with an estimate of 8,000-10,000. In the first half of the 20th century the exquisite collection was increased by paintings and works on paper by German Expressionists (see special catalog for the auction on 5 December, 2014). Other gems from the 19th century were made by, to name but a few, Évariste Carpentier, Eduard von Grützner, Alexander Koester and Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski.