122nd Art Auction
Antiques – Old Master Paintings – 19th-Century Paintings
24 & 25 April 2018
In this year’s first major auction, which is to take place this April, the focus is on pre-1900 art and thus on a fascinatingly dense array of artistic stances and high-quality arts and crafts! Alongside a sensational painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder and two outstanding private collections of glass objects from past epochs, highlights will also include several other new wonderful art discoveries from the 19th century.
This category holds in store a large number of special paintings by well-known artists from the Renaissance and Baroque period.
It is, for example, in ways diverse and atmospheric that Jan Brueghel the Younger visualised nature. At this auction, he presents himself with an attractive floral variation in a decorative market basket.
And one of the most popular themes in art is the portrayal of the Four Elements, which we now offer in the form of a work by Flemish painter Adriaen van Stalbemt from an old private collection. Less intellectual but taken straight from real life, on the other hand, are the peasant figures painted by members of Teniers family, including the delightful couple in the warm parlour created by David Teniers the Younger.
Anton Romako, to whose works the Leopold Museum will be simultaneously be devoting a major exhibition (opens April 2018), is represented by a previously unknown and highly attractive painting from his Italian period. These two butterfly-hunting boys show Romako’s technical virtuosity, the interest he took in English portraiture, and his uncanny gift for consistently lending simple, everyday scenes a touch of extra significance.
Another new discovery on the market is a painting by Theodor von Hörmann, completed in the vicinity of Vienna between 1884 and 1886 and thus shortly before his departure for Paris. Only very few paintings from this period are known, but those that are—including, now, this springtime garden—bear witness to Hörmann’s initial but already convincing forays into impressionism, which were accompanied by a turn toward light and luminous colours.
Another true “feast for the eyes” in terms of colour and light is Olga Wisinger-Florian’s rendering of a forest path, while Ferdinand Brunner’s large-format painting of Castel Gandolfo is seductive in its atmosphere of elegiac peace and contemplation.
Rudolf von Alt fascinates once again with a variety of watercolours from different periods. Exhilarating indeed is his early look at the spectacular waterfall of Tivoli near Rome, exciting is the unusual perspective towards the sunburned colosseum in Rome and calming the peaceful atmosphere in the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
A Focus on GLASS
This April, the Antiques category is dominated by glass! Two important private collections with differing emphases will once again be offering their precious objects to the art market. Responsible for their sale will be Auktionshaus im Kinsky partner and expert Michael Kovacek, who has been advising and looking after these collections for decades. One of Europe’s most important glass collections will be represented in the form of historical glass objects from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and on to the Baroque.
This selection is complemented by the Viennese collection of Erich Schuster, with around 80 glass objects from the Biedermeier era, during which technical innovations by the Habsburg monarchy’s various Bohemian glassmaking operations made possible new shapes and forms of decoration. And a small, special group of works is that of paperweights, which emerged as art objects during the 19th century and are fascinating particularly for their 3D illusions.
Georg Raphael Donner
Outstanding among the further antiques on offer is a Venus statue by Austria’s most important baroque sculptor. This work, cast in a lead-and-tin alloy, is attractive for its graceful lightness and the refined way in which the figure’s body is turned. Works by Donner are almost never to be found on the market, so this sculpture from an Austrian private collection represents a true rarity indeed.
122nd Art Auction
24 April: OLD MASTER & 19TH-CENTURY PAINTINGS
25 April: ANTIQUES with Private GLASS Collection Ranging from Gothic to Biedermeier as well as the Erich Schuster Glass Collection
Pre-sale exhibition: 19–25 April 2018
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