Oswald Achenbach is Mood-Enhancing at Ketterer
Hamburg (kk) - On March 31, 2007, Oswald Achenbach’s "Mondnacht auf Ischia" ["Moonlit Night on Ischia"] is to go under the hammer at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg. This night-piece awash in mood carries an estimate of € 18,000-20,000 and is to be called at the auction of Old Masters & Art of the 19th Century /Marine Art.
The genre-like staffage figures and the moon veiled in clouds so typical of the work of this Düsseldorf landscape painter are also featured in this oil painting done in 1888.
Another painter leading off in the ART OF THE 19th CENTURY division is Max Clarenbach with "Schneelandschaft bei Wittlaer" [‘Snowy Landscape near Wittlaer’]. Notable for powerful handling and a muted palette, this painting carries an estimate of € 12,000-14,000.
A "View of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius" ["Ansicht des Golfes von Neapel mit dem Vesuv"], painted by a Neapolitan artist around 1840/50, spirits us away to Italy. Estimated to go for € 8,000-12,000, this oil painting, measuring 27.7 x 151 cm is stunning and, remarkably, has been owned by the same German family since 1863.
An early sketch in oils by Heinrich Reinhold, "Der Falkenturm auf dem Mönchsberg bei Salzburg" ["The Falkenturm on the Mönchsberg near Salzburg"], is sure to create a buzz of excitement in the auction room. Done in 1818 while the artist was travelling through the Salzburg and Berchtesgaden region, the work carries an estimate of € 8,000-10,000.
With a somewhat lower estimate of € 6,500-7,500, Eugen Bracht’s 1877 "Dünenstrand auf Rügen" ["Beach with Dunes on Rügen"], was painted while the landscape painter was at the height of his powers. At that time he was being showered with decorations and honours, appreciated equally in middle-class and aristocratic circles.
The OLD MASTERS division is to lead off with an Albrecht Dürer wood engraving (c. 1496) "Die Marter der Zehntausend" ["The Ten Thousand Martyrs of Mount Ararat"]. Here the artist addressed a motif that was enormously popular in the late Middle Ages, which he also executed as a panel painting for Friedrich the Wise, Elector of Bavaria. Notable for the varied handling of anatomical features, this multifigure print is estimated to fetch € 12,000-14,000.
A Jacob von Strij oil painting (c. 1790) "Kühe und Bauern auf einem Hügel" ["Cows and Peasants on a Hill"] might change hands for only € 10,000-12,000. Although it is marked "Cüip f." by another hand, Dr. Marijke Kinkelder of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsth in The Hague is convinced that this is an authentic van Strij. Interestingly, the stylistic affinities between the work of that artist, whose paintings hang in museums worldwide, and that of Aelbert Cuyp are such that erroneous attribution has often been the case.
For horse-lovers Johann Elias Ridinger’s "Neue Reit-Kunst in Kupfer-Stichen" ["New Art of Riding in Copperplates"] should be just the thing. Comprising 23 prints, this complete series of illustrations done in 1744 carries an estimate of € 7,000-9,000.
Alongside works by William Howard Yorke and Michael Zeno Diemer, the Marine Art division is starring Antonio Jacobsen with the oil painting "Englischer Passagierdampfer ‘Almirante’ auf dem Weg in die USA" ["The English Passenger Steamer ‘Almirante’ underway to the US"]. Painted in 1911, this work is estimated at € 12,000-14,000.
Pre-sale viewings of all works are scheduled for the following venues, dates and times:
22-28 March 11am-5pm (except Su, 25 March)
29 March by appointment
Ketterer Kunst, Am Meßberg 1, Hamburg

Selected works will be shown:
Ketterer Kunst, 61 Prinzregentenstr., Munich and

Ketterer Kunst, 70 Fasanenstr., Berlin

The auction begins in Hamburg: 11 am
Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in art and rare books. While the Munich headquarters in the Prinz-Alfons-Palais is responsible for the two traditional annual auctions of Modern Art & Post War, the Meßberghof in Hamburg is the venue for two auctions a year in each of the following fields: Old Masters and Art of the 19th Century / Marine Art and Rare Books - Autographs - Manuscripts - Decorative Prints as well as Modern Art & Post War, with a focus on works on paper. In addition, exhibitions, special auctions, benefit auctions for charity and live auctions online are regular events at Ketterer Kunst.
Hamburg, February 26, 2007