Sale: 431 / Art of the 19th Century, May 25. 2016 in Munich Lot 142

 
142
Wilhelm Kuhnert
Spielende Löwen, Ca. 1917-1926.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,750
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 32.725

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Spielende Löwen. Ca. 1917-1926.
Oil on canvas.
Signed at bottom left. 50.5 x 90 cm (19.8 x 35.4 in).
Verso of stretcher inscribed: "Wilhelm Kuhnert, Berlin. Spielende Löwen." [CB].

With a written expertise issued by Dr. Angelika Grettmann-Werner, Bremen from 8 April 2016. The work is registered in the unpublished catalog raisonné with the number 6473.

PROVENANCE: Private ownership Hamburg (family possession for ca. 50 years).

Essay
Lions in the African savanna are undisputedly the favorite motifs of Kuhnert and soon became a trademark that earned him the sobriquet "Löwen-Kuhnert". This work with a dam and cubs hidden in the grass is a remarkable example of Kuhnert's mastery in animal painting.
142
Wilhelm Kuhnert
Spielende Löwen, Ca. 1917-1926.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,750
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 32.725

(incl. 25% surcharge)