The Prominent Ones of June Auctions in Germany
Villa Grisebach in Berlin were the ones to set off June’s auctions with precious works from the museums of Germany and Switzerland to Rudolf Mosse’s heirs. Mosse was a newspaper mogul who was hounded by the Nazis and forced to sell his entire collection in 1934. This collection of paintings of the 19th century include a portrait in pastel by Adolf Menzel, one of Berlin’s acclaimed artists of the time. This was a portrait of the artist’s sister in 1850 posing in a red blouse and is valued to be at 400,000 euros. Some of the keye pieces that form this coveted and revered collection are the 1871 portrait of Appellate Judge Stenglein’s by Wilhelm Leibl, and a key Jugendstil (German interpretation of art nouveau) work of the period 1894-95 – Spring Storm by Ludwig von Hofmann. The Mosse Foundation was set up in the year 2012 to seek out many more of such priceless works that were sold in Berlin in great distress around 82 years ago.
A 1926 oil work of clouds in a blue sky by Emil Nolde occupies the top slot with an approximate evaluation of a whopping 1.6 million euros.
Van Ham’s contemporary exhibitions that took place on the 1st and 2nd of the month have a generous spattering of scintillating works. The ones that shine the most among these were a vivacious red and yellow abstract by Gerhard Richter, and from a private Rhineland collection an untitled work by Sigmar Polke. The estimates for both were drawn to be in the vicinity of 200,000 euros. Gypsy Huts a distemper work by Otto Müller, the artist from Brücke stands at the top of the Modern art listings was estimated at 300,000 euros. Some of the other prominent features are works by Otto Piene – the Zero artist, a steel sculpture by John Chamberlain, and a drawing of two girls by Max Liebermann.
A 1916 self portrait of Giovanni Giacometti where he stands affront a light stream from the window and vase of red tulips with an approximate valuation at 290,000 euros occupies the top slot at Kunsthaus Lempertz.
Kleines Warm – a 1928 geometrical composition by Wassily Kandinsky, occupies the top billing spot at Ketterer Kunst’s Modern sale that is to be held on the 11th of June. This watercolor that is approximately valuated at 600,000 euro would be put under the hammer along the works by maestros like Emil Nolde, Otto Müller, and a stormy view of the Baltic Coast by the Brücke artist Max Pechstein. This particular sale would also feature a collection of 47 works that at some point in history was a part of the décor of an unnamed German company. This collection includes works by Brücke artists Marc Chagall, Georges Braque & Otto Dix on paper and Otto Modersohn’s oil paintings. The contemporary section of the sale is not without a sparkle as it features a monochrome in blue by Yves Klein and sculpture works by the likes of Anselm Kiefer & Tony Cragg.