Befitting the beginning of autumn, Adriaen van Stalbemt’s painting “Vertumnus and Pomona” heads up the offerings of the Old Masters auction. The artist takes the good-humoured tale of the wooing of the lovely Pomona, goddess of tree fruit, by Vertumnus, who has transformed himself into an old woman, and enriches it with charming details, producing a light and colourful showpiece!
Flowers in all their splendour and beauty are presented to us by Abraham Brueghel, who—as was his custom—left the depiction of the figures to his colleague Guillaume Courtois. The result is Flora with Putti and Flowers in an Italian Landscape.
Just how delightful intimate togetherness on the ice can be is illustrated by two small pendants by the charming Rokoko painter Norbert Grund.
The quick brushstrokes and the nearly abstract presence of the blue of ice and sky transform the depiction of gaily ice-skating couples into timelessly charming showpieces.
Rudolf von Alt finished only very few oil paintings during his lifetime, largely because he found the long drying time to be a nuisance. He painted oil versions only of motifs that he considered particularly successful, and thus these works seldom find their way onto the art market. Im Kinsky now for the first time offers this newly surfaced painting with the wonderfully atmospheric perspective of San Giorgio Maggiore from the Jetty in Venice. Among his famous and always stunning watercolours, Rudolf von Alts view of the Temple of Vesta in Rome stands out, as does an idyllic Lake Landscape in the Salzkammergut.
Probably no artist captured the beauty of the simple, bathed in light, at such an early stage and with such intensity as did August von Pettenkofen, doubtlessly the most influential pioneer of the Austrian impressionism. This is demonstrated once again at the auction by his Hungarian Grain Wagon.
Collectors can look forward to bidding on works by one of Austria’s first important female artists, Olga Wisinger-Florian, who was the subject of a solo exhibition this year at Vienna’s Leopold Museum: a superb Still Life with Wildflowers will be on offer, as well as a forest path, captured in expressive autumn colours, a dynamic flower study as well as a study of a farmhouse with impressively daring brush strokes.
The highlight of this auction is without a doubt the table d’accouchée from the estate of the art-loving Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (1842-1919)! This very rare and artfully designed piece consists of two parts and is impressive for its graceful elegance and delicately hued veneer of yew and rosewood.
The auction also offers a rich selection of furniture, sculptures, and a special treat: a remarkable private collection of some 300 clocks and watches! With enormous curiosity and passion, the now-deceased Viennese collector tracked down unusual pocket and wrist watches, wall and longcase clocks, and even charming carriage clocks, thus creating his own “cosmos of time”. As part of an estate auction, this wide array of timepieces dating from 1700 until well into the twentieth century, primarily from French and Viennese workshops, will be offered at very attractive starting prices.
129th Art Auction
22 October: OLD MASTERS & 19th-CENTURY PAINTINGS
23 October: ANTIQUES
Exhibition: 16-23 October 2019
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