Old Masters – 19thcentury Paintings – Antiques

23 – 24 October 2018

Autumn 2018 will be completely dedicated to our jubilee: “25 Years of Auktionshaus im Kinsky”!
The celebration kicks off in October with Art Before 1900 and features a superb selection of renowned masters and objects of exceptional quality!

Old Masters

Our Expert for Old Masters, Kareen Schmid, was astonished when she discovered in a private collection two pictures from the series of 15 portraits of the children of Emperor Ferdinand I, completed in 1537 by one of the most important painters of the German Renaissance, Jakob Seisenegger (1505–1567). They were all in the possession of the nobility until after the Second World War, when the series was divided up and sold. Archduke Maximilian, the later emperor, and his sister Archduchess Elisabeth are now again on the market and are enchanting for the vividness of their depiction as well as for their aloof aura of lofty power.

Jakob Seisenegger (1505 – 1567)
Portrait of Archduke Maximilian, 1537
Oil on panel; 41.5 x 33 cm / 16¼ x 13 in.
Estimate: 50,000–100,000 €

Jakob Seisenegger (1505 – 1567)
Portrait of Archduchess Elisabeth, 1537
Oil on panel; 41.5 x 33 cm / 16¼ x 13 in.
Estimate: 50,000–100,000 €

The simple folk, on the other hand, have always known how to entertain themselves splendidly and without decorum. The exuberant revelling of Dutch peasants was a speciality of the Teniers family of painters, particularly the brothers David and Abraham. The painting Carnival, by the younger Abraham Teniers (1629–1670) is remarkable for its richness of detail and narrative enthusiasm that still today offers the viewer an endearing entertainment.

The discovery of one’s own world as well as distant ones is a ubiquitous theme in 16th-century art and is presented in great vividness in the auction with Jan Brueghel der Younger’s (1601–1678) Flowers in a Chinese Vase. The beauty of the flowers combined with their mysterious symbolism, exotic treasures such as shells, and the refined art of human craftsmanship fascinated painters and collectors in equal measure and continue to delight viewers even today with the charm of their naïve curiosity and their depth of feeling.

Abraham Teniers (1629 – 1670)
Carnival, 1640s
Oil on copper; 70.9 x 87.4 cm / 30 x 34½ in.
Estimate: 50,000–100,000 €

Jan Brueghel der Jüngere (1601 – 1678)
Flowers in a Chinese Vase, c. 1625-1628
Oil on copper; 47.6 x 37.1 cm / 18¾ x 14½ in.
Estimate: 50,000–100,000 €

Finally, mention must also be made of a group of graphics from the famed Viennese publishing house Artaria, which commissioned noted artists like Carl Schütz and Josef Ziegler to paint views of Vienna. They were very much in demand in those days and in their role as historical documents are also today as charming as ever.

19th Century Paintings

It is unquestionably a wild chase that the painter Friedrich Gauermann (1807–1862) portrayed in a mixture of his own experiences and pure imagination. Cackling frantically and mortally afraid, wild ducks attempt to escape from the clutches of three foxes. Water sprays, claws tear at the rock face, but hope appears in the form of the morning light breaking through the cloud-shrouded sky. With this fantastic painting, Gauermann once more shows himself to be a master of dramatic effect and tension-filled narrative!

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865), by contrast, attempted not only to depict the landscape but also and especially to express people’s lives, their values, qualities, joys and sorrows in his wonderful pictorial language. Thus, The Charitable Gift is less a depiction of an actual act than the conveyance of an ideal, intensified through the harmony of colours, the sensitive composition and the animated expression of the faces. It is undoubtedly an exceptional masterpiece by this important painter, precisely dated with 1850.

Friedrich Gauermann (1807 – 1862)
Foxes Stalking Wild Ducks, 1849
Oil on panel; 63 x 49.5 cm / 24¾ x 19½ in.
Estimate: 35,000–70,000 €

Franz von Defregger (1835 – 1921)
Children Playing, 1906
Oil on panel; 35 x 26.5 cm / 13¾ x 10½ in.
Estimate: 25,000–50,000 €

Marie Egner (1850 – 1940)
Spring in Spitz an der Donau in the Wachau Valley, c. 1905/06
Oil on cardboard on board; 55 x 75 cm / 21¾ x 29½ in.
Estimate: 15,000–30,000 €

Marie Egner (1850–1940) was one of the first renowned female painters and part of the avant-garde movement of the late 19th century. A collection of charming watercolours from various phases of her artistic career will go under the hammer at Kinsky, as well as two outstanding oil paintings depicting a rainy day in South Tyrol’s Sexten region or the tender awakening of spring in the Wachau Valley.


Selected works from the rich treasure trove of European art are featured by our Antiques Department. The three Apulian wine jugs with their rich pictorial narrative and typical reddish-brown colour date far back in European cultural history: to the third century BC.

3 Wine Jugs (Oenochoe) by the Baltimore Painter
Apulian, Canosa, 315-310 BC,
reddish-brown clay; painted black, white and yellow
H. 33.2 to 35.2 cm / 13 to 13¾ in.
Estimate: 25,000–50,000 €

Martin Zürn (c. 1590–after 1665)
Maria Immaculata
Lime wood; H. 83 cm / 32¾ in.
Estimate: 25,000–50,000 €

The two Madonna statues on offer represent rare and precious examples of woodcarving artistry. One is from the circle of the brilliant sculptor Niklas Gerhaert van Leyden (1430–1473), who was active at the court of Friedrich III in Wiener Neustadt beginning in 1467. The Maria Immaculata type of depiction, on the other hand, appeared only at the end of the 16th century and shows Mary standing on a globe around which a serpent is entwined. An example of this motif, which quickly became very widespread, will be up for auction, created by the illustrious Bavarian master Martin Zürn (c. 1590–after 1665).

Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden Circle (1430–1473)
Gothic Madonna with Child
Lime wood; H. 94 cm / 37 in.
Estimate: 12,000–24,000 €

Ewer with Basin
Vienna, 1718
Silver, gilded, engraved; both parts marked: “Alt-Wien” hallmark 1718, master’s mark “GCM” for Georg Caspar Meickl; 45.3 x 34.2 cm / 17 ¾ x 13½ in. (basin), H. 21.7 cm / 8½ in. (ewer)
Estimate: 25,000–50,000 €

Porcelain collectors will be attracted to the fine assortment of Meissner Porcelain from the 18th century, while silver lovers will find in the ewer with basin a rarity of Viennese silversmithing from 1718 – and monogrammed by Master Georg Caspar Meickl!


124th Art Auction
Old Masters – 19th-Century Paintings – Antiques
Exhibition: 18 – 24 October 2018
Catalogue order: +43 1 532 42 00 or

Preview of the 125th Art Auction – Grand Jubilee Auction
30. Nov.: Art Nouveau – Classical Modernism
1. Dec.:   Contemporary Art Part I
Evening Auction: Masterworks of Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art