Sale: 487 / Modern Art II, June 08. 2019 in Munich Lot 810

 
810
Ilona Singer
Bildnis Robert von Mendelssohn, 1928.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 16,800
Sold:
€ 80,000 / $ 96.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Bildnis Robert von Mendelssohn. 1928.
Oil on canvas.
Signed and dated in lower right. 55 x 46 cm (21.6 x 18.1 in).
Rear of the stretcher inscribed with the name of the depicted person and dated, as well as with the rubbed deportation number of Margit Hahn.
• A work from the mundane Berlin of the 1920s, characterized by a magic presence.
• An extraordinary representative of New Objectivity.
• A picture with a both eventful and stirring story
.

PROVENANCE: Collection Margit Hahn, Offenbach/Prague (the artist's sister, until July 8, 1943).
Trusteeship Prague (confiscated from the possession of the aforementioned in 1943/44).
Jewish Central Museum, Prague (obtained from aforementioned in July 1944.
Jewish Museum, Prague (follow up organisation of aforementioned, 1945-1967).
Private collection (mysteriously lost from the Jewish Museum between 1967 and 1994).
Dorotheum Prague, September 20, 2008, lot 98.
Hampel Kunstauktionen, March 23, 2010, lot 556.
German art trade (acquired from aforementioned).
Private collection Germany (acquired from aforementioned in May 2010).
The work is free from restitution claims. An amicable arrangement with the descendants of Margit Hahn was met.
We are grateful to Misha Sidenberg, Jewish Museum Prague, for her kind expert advice.

LITERATURE: Jewish Museum in Prague. 2009 annual report, pp. 13-14.
Misha Sidenberg: Twice plundered: two paintings by forgotten artist Ilona Singer-Weinberger, released by Holocaust Art Restitution Project (https://plundered-art.blogspot.com/2013/08/two-paintings-twice-plundered-by.html) on August 18, 2013.

810
Ilona Singer
Bildnis Robert von Mendelssohn, 1928.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 16,800
Sold:
€ 80,000 / $ 96.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)