A thrilling bidding war for Koloman Moser’s “Feldeinsamkeit” from 1912-1913 led to a new world record! The young man reclining in the clouds reached 960.000 € (hammer price 750.000 €). This record cements the reputation (and market value) of this artist as one of the most important painter of the Art Nouveau – and also that of the im Kinsky as one of the leading auction houses in this department. Which is what had incited the owner in the first place to entrust the Kinsky with a work that had been family property for almost 100 years; with tremendous success.
Another record was achieved by the wonderful “Bildnis der Frau F. B.” by Leopold Blauensteiner from 1908. The portrait of the artist’s wife is one of his main works and executed in the purest style of the Viennese Modernism, the hammer came down at 140.800 € (HP 110.000 €).
A lot of interest is always being generated by works of the Tyrolean painter Albin Egger-Lienz. Again and again he came back to the motif of the sower, and his aptly named watercolor “Sower” from around 1920 is now this artist’s second most expensive paper work ever at auction with 172.800 € (HP 135.000 €).
The painter Rudolf Wacker from Vorarlberg is also a sure bet for top prices. The lake Constance was one of his favorite motives – as seen in the picture “Föhn” from 1927, which was auctioned off for 140.800 € (HP 110.000 €).
Furthermore, the im Kinsky proved its expertise for drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Three sheets by Klimt reached between 83.200 € (HP 65.000€) und 217.600 € (HP 170.000 €). A drawing by Schiele changed hands at a price of 230.400 € (HP 180.000 €).
First things first: a passionate bidding war took place over two dolls from the 17th – 18th century representing “Henry VIII” and “Elizabeth I.” This led to a record price of 268.800 € including buyer’s premium (Hammer Price 210.000 €) right at the beginning of the auction thanks to an English bidder. The king and his daughter are thus returning to their home country.
More top prices in this section were achieved by a reliquary from the collection of Baron James de Rothschild, which went up to 51.200 € (HP 40.000 €) and also went to the UK. There was also a lot of interest for an amulet from 1700, for which the hammer came down at 10.880 € (HP 8500 €), highly above the estimate.
An absolute top price was yet again achieved for a sculpture by Erwin Wurm, the famous and widely collected Austrian artist. His “model for telekinetic sculpture“ from 2006 made 65.280 € (51.000 €). The small bent vehicle therefore went for almost four times the price than a similar piece five years ago. Wurm is without question one of the leaders in the Austrian Contemporary Art.
The sculpture „Bed“ from Bruno Gironcoli reached almost as much. Its new owner will bed himself on this aluminum sculpture for 52.480 € (HP 41.000 €), the third most expensive sculpture of this artist.
Mario Dalpa’s „Friendly Corona“ stands in the tradition of his friendly, sensual figures full of relish. It was created in 2018 and therefore bears no ties to the actual crisis, but still its happy shapes will now delight its new owner for 44.800 € (35.000 €).
Another record was made in Contemporary Art with Austrian artist Drago J. Prelog. For his “Teilweise dichter Verkehr” (“some dense traffic”) from 2010, the hammer came down at 28.160 € (HP 22.000 €).
A great highlight was the beautiful depiction of the “The adoration of the Magi” from an Antwerp master, created around 1520. The hammer came down for this work at 70.400 € including buyer’s premium (HP 55.000 €). The lust for travels incited a buyer to spend 52.480 € (HP 41.000 €) on “Saint Marks Square in Venice” from the circle of Michele Marieschi. The bidding for “Allegory of Love” from Jan Brueghel the Younger and Hendrik van Balen was equally successful and reached the upper estimate with 51.200 € (HP 40.000 €).
Among the 19th century paintings, those of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller were especially sought after. His “Young man with straw hat” from 1821 achieved 38.400 € (HP 30.000 €), while his “Marsh landscape in evening light” from 1824 brought 33.280 € (HP 26.000 €). Another highlight was Markus Pernhart – the mountaineering painter created the “Großglockner” in the mid 1850-ies. This work sold for 57.600 € (HP 45.000 €) and is the third most expensive painting of this artist at auction.
Josef Hoffmann cemented his reputation as one of the most important names in the Art Nouveau auctions. His sugar sprinkler from 1905 reached a record price of 10.240 € (HP 8000 €) and is thus the most expensive sugar sprinkler ever sold at auction designed by this master. His cigarette case from 1920 also doubled its price to 4.864 € (HP 3800 €) compared to the last auction. Also worth mentioning is the important interest in Leopold Forstner, whose draft for a poster from 1910 reached fantastic 10.880 € (HP 8500 €).
The auction also highlighted the name of a famous Art Nouveau sculptor: Franz Barwig the Older. He based his animal depictions on his studies in the zoo in Schönbrunn, and his “Panther” and “female Panther” from 1912/14 achieved each a record price of 15.360 € (HP 12000 €). Equally, almost all the other lots from this artist exceeded expectations. A great rediscovery of this Austrian sculptor!