Jan van Kessel the Elder
Signature of van Kessel, formed from animals, 1650s
Old Master Paintings
In the Christmas auction, the Old Masters were successful. On the one hand, a painting by Sebastian Vrancx fetched 422,500 euros; furthermore, a religious painting by Italian Neri di Bicci from the 15th century was able to change hands for 64,000 euros. Finally, a small painting by Jan van Kessel the Elder went to a museum for 122,000 euros
Neri Di Bicci
Madonna with Child and Two Angels
Sebastian Vrancx zugeschrieben
Winter Carnival with ice skaters in front of the Kipdorppoort Bastion in Antwerp, around 1620
Experiences of an Older Man (four round medallions), 1837
19th Century Paintings
Among the paintings of the 19th century, the rediscovered miniatures (restored by the auction house) by Carl Spitzweg were a great rarity, which brought in 115,500 euros. A "Boar Family" by Friedrich Gauermann from the summer auction brought in 72,000 euros.
Boar Family 1856
The star of this year's antiques was undoubtedly the Altar of the Schwarza Master from 1479, which brought in a sensational 640,000 euros. Top prices were also achieved for glasses by Alois Kothgasser: A Ranft cup "Karlovy Vary" rose to 26,000 euros.
Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Altar of the "Schwarza Master"
Saalfeld School, 1479
Art Nouveau & Design
The Art Nouveau section was able to sell an extremely rare watch by Josef Hoffmann for 115,500, which was discovered in an estate.
Aus dem Wiener Prater, 1929
Öl auf Leinwand
70 x 60 cm
Paintings by Alfons Walde were again able to score points within the traditionally strong Modern Art. His "Kirchenstiege" brought in 490,000 euros. The Carinthian painter Werner Berg enjoys rising prices, so the hammer fell for his "Chaste in Winter" at 160,000 euros. And also a wonderful park picture by Carl Moll could be auctioned for a strong 134,500. Finally, Norbertine Bresslern-Roth from Graz needs to be mentioned, whose "African City" changed hands for 150,000.
Keusche im Winter, 1974
Kirchenstiege, around 1922
Afrikanische Stadt, 1928
Cinderella I, 1988-1998
Phenomenal results were achieved by the Section of Contemporary Art. The absolute top lot was an untitled painting by Martha Jungwirth, which almost doubled its previous record value (also achieved at im Kinsky in 2020) at the Christmas auction and brought in a world record price of 197,000 euros. A very high result of 158,000 euros was achieved by an attractive "Cinderella" by painter Ernst Fuchs. Rudolf Polanszky was also good again for a top price: A large-format, untitled work from 2003 went up to 79,500 euros, making it the second most expensive auctioned painting by this artist. A colorful splatter painting by Hermann Nitsch from 2020 exceeded its upper estimated price and reached 108,000 euros, while "Orpheus and Eurydice" by the popular artist Arik Brauer, who died in 2021, came to 91,000 euros.