April 2018 will see one of the world’s most important private collections of historical glass objects go up for auction at im Kinsky! The collector, who devoted several decades of intense study to this special cultural technique and acquired numerous, often one-of-a-kind objects on the basis of exact research and investigation, has now made a very deliberate decision to return his collection to the art market, thus making it accessible to new collectors!
The collection, which has made its home in Germany and in Austria, consists of around two hundred glass objects made between the Gothic and Biedermeier periods. Rare enamelled glass objects of Bohemian and German origin, Venetian rarities, engraved glass by the most important glass engravers of their eras, precious Zwischengold glass (notable here are those by Johann Joseph Mildner and Johann Sigismund Menzel), and the popular Biedermeier glasses by Anton Kothgasser (who is also represented by the true rarity of a thermometer that he painted) will go up for bidding in this distinctive, superlative-quality offering. A special category unto itself will be the group of so-called Hausmalerei (Homepainted) glass objects from the Baroque era, made via a process that became established in Nuremberg following the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). This method, which used low-temperature glazes borrowed from ceramics, enabled artisans to decorate glass objects at home with coats of arms as well as entertaining pictorial stories. It goes without saying that the fascinating objects of Ignaz Preißler, Hermann Benckert, and the technique’s “inventor” Johann Schaper will be represented in this selection.
Michael Kovacek, partner and co-CEO at Auktionshaus im Kinsky and a renowned expert as well as a former dealer in historic glass, spent four decades actively curating and expanding this collection, drawing on the most important collections worldwide including the famous Biemann collection and that of Helfried Krug. And there will also be some Kinsky déjà-vus, since the collector acquired selected pieces here as early as 1994. It was the large auction of the important Mahler glass collection that had shortly before been exhibited at the world’s most important glass museum, the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
The collector himself lived together with his glass, which enriched his home in specially designed display cases and consistently served to fuel conversations and reflections on the transformations of culture. Glass is, after all, more than just a cultural technique: it is a unique bearer and conveyer of the past and the present.
Private Collection: GLASS from Gothic to Biedermeier
Special auction, 25 April 2018
Auktionshaus im Kinsky
Pre-sale exhibition: 19–25 April 2018
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