Old Master Paintings – 19th Century Paintings – Antiques
25th April – 26th April
The first large auction of spring 2017 presents masterworks from the 16th to the 19th centuries, a special auction of drawings from the Renaissance and the Baroque, picturesque scenes from antiquity and scenes from the Old Testament, sun-drenched landscapes and long vanished city views, as well as rare collections of Renaissance medallions and plaques, glasses and furniture.
DRAWINGS of the 16th – 18th Century
As part of this auction of Old Master paintings, auction house im Kinsky is offering a special addition: around 70 Renaissance and Baroque drawings in pencil and in ink from numerous private collections. Highlights include the dense portrayal of the “Battle of the Titans” by a follower of Michelangelo that is reminiscent of scenes from the Sistine Chapel. Decades later, Bartholomeus Spranger transformed the powerful presence of humanity into an existential uncertainty and helped found Maniera. His “Minerva’s Victory Over Ignorance” is a reflection of this time of upheaval, with skilfully placed white highlights. One of the oldest images is a representation of the Madonna and child, which is attributed to Hans Springinklee, a pupil of Albrecht Dürer, who worked with him on the Triumphal Arch. There is also a new discovery in the form of a young boy playing a violin by the exceptional Baroque painter Martin Johann Schmidt.
A sitting of the Council of Trent by an unknown Venetian painter is of great historical interest. This debate was intended to reconcile schisms through the reformation and took place over three meetings between 1545 and 1564, and the painter has captured the tense proceedings and the different personalities involved in a series of very visual paintings. In contrast, gems of early landscape paintings come from Jan Brueghel the Elder, with a miniature painted on copper depicting Prague Castle and Jacob Savery with a scenic picture of life in the countryside outside a French town. Jan Brueghel the Younger and Ambrosius Francken prove how harmoniously they could work together with a delightful image of the Madonna and child surrounded by a garland of flowers.
The subject of the murder of Caesar is less common than the blinding of Samson, but both events are depicted in two paintings by Martin Johann Schmidt. The Blinding of Samson is one of six from a vestry closet in the parish church in Aggsbach. They are wonderful examples of compositions with dramatic painting and skilful use of colour.
Nature and the city were the subjects that the painters of the 19th century attempted to get as close to reality as possible. The outstanding artists of the time soon realized however that their greatest challenge wasn’t simply to copy what they saw, but to capture the atmosphere, in its lighting, its mood, and its very specific characteristics. Rudolf von Alt was a peerless master of just this difficult task in his chosen medium of watercolour, primarily in capturing views of buildings and architecture to last the ages. His interior view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral from 1883, as well as his view of the still Baroque Hoher Markt, are new discoveries and exceptional examples of his oeuvre!
Olga Wisinger-Florian was a notable landscape painter in the modern style who was a virtuoso at capturing fleeting scenes from sunny days at the beach at Etretat, and also displayed a courageous expressionism in her choice of colours that turns a simple pathway into a great work of art. The century saw a wide range of techniques used in painting, and many of them are represented in the coming auction, with works by Friedrich Gauermann, Peter Fendi, Leopold Carl Müller, Robert Russ and Theodor von Hörmann.
The collection put together by a Viennese antiques dealer forms the core of a rich selection of works from different periods and techniques. A beautiful ceramic Hutterite jug is an example of the art of faience practised by the Hutterites with powerful high-fire colours, joins a rare bronze mantel clock, an extremely finely worked alabaster group of figurines by Josef Bergler, which was in Kinský Palace in Prague for a long period before coming to Vienna, and original upholstered chairs from the Albertina in Vienna in a varied and wide-ranging selection of arts and crafts. Two of the most unique and impressive works are a wonderfully finished silver cup from Transylvania, dated from exactly 1564, and a cabinet from Chub, the former German city at the gates of Bohemia, that is an example of the particular flourishing in the 17th century of the art of intarsia inlay which took place there. Another masterpiece, this one made of porcelain, is a clock case by Claudius Innocentius du Paquier, the founder of the first porcelain factory in Vienna, made on the 15th May in 1725. Finally an entire collection of medallions and plaques from the 15th – 18th centuries, all with mythological and religious motifs, cast in bronze and silver, brings us an insight into the fine art connected with remembrance, devotion and the culture of gift giving in past times.