This impressive offering from nearly a millennium of glass culture did not fail to live up to expectations. Starting prices began rising with the very first objects from the Merovingian period, reaching an initial climax at € 35,000 / € 44,100 for the impressive “Römer” [rummer] made for Johann Schütgen von Cöllen. The Gothic “Krautstrunk” glasses ( € 17,000 / € 21,400 and € 16,000 / € 20,200) likewise did outstandingly, after which a Dutch baroque-period glass plate showing a heraldic emblem fetched the evening’s highest price at € 55,000 / € 69,300. The two lidded tankards from 17th-century Nuremberg were likewise awaited with excitement; these sold for € 30,000 / € 37,800 and € 32,000 / € 40,300 respectively and will be joining important collections in Germany. Also not to be had at the limit price was, as expected, Johann Schaper’s beaker with the with wonderful “Hausmalerei” of a bear hunting scene painted in Schwarzlot technique, which started at € 15,000 and rose to a proud € 26,000 / € 32,800.
The top lots from the glass collection of Erich Schuster turned out to be glass objects painted by Anton Kothgasser: his rimmed beaker featuring an attractive painting of a birdcage was worth € 16,000 / € 20,200 to its new owner, while a work showing Vienna’s Karlskirche followed at € 10,000 / € 12,600.
The rest of the evening, which featured antiques, was likewise characterised by good results.
The enchanting bust of a girl by Lorenzo Bartolini achieved the top price of € 35,000 / € 44,100. In great demand were also the courtship boxes from the workshop of Michael Mann, which the enthusiastic bidders effortlessly drove from a starting price of € 4,000 to reach € 22,000 / € 27,000!
In sum, the Antiques auction produced impressive overall sales of € 1.5 million / SP € 1.8 million.