Auction 417, Art from the 15th to the 19th Century
More than 40% New Buyers
Munich, 24 November, 2014, (kk) – The auction of Old Masters & Art of the 19th Century provided a successful finale opening of the anniversary year in Munich. "What is especially positive", says company owner Robert Ketterer, "is the fact that alongside standing customers more than 40% new buyers participated in the auction and thus revived this section".

Carl Spitzweg
In Erwartung der Zeitung,
Around 1865/70,
Oil on wood, 29,3 x 21,8 cm
Result: € 91.500*
Top 5

€ 91.500* starting price: € 65.000
no. 334: Carl Spitzweg
In Erwartung der Zeitung

€ 60.000* starting price: € 750
no. 309: Carl Blechen - (attr.)
Blick von Capri auf die Bucht von Neapel ...

€ 47.500* starting price: € 28.000
no. 12: Albrecht Dürer
Der Reiter (Ritter, Tod und Teufel)

€ 36.000*  starting price: € 24.000
no. 330: J.G. Meyer von Bremen
Das Blindekuhspiel

€ 27.500*  starting price: € 450
no. 124: Süddeutschland
Porträt eines bärtigen Mannes

Accordingly, the lucky winner of the competition for the top lot of the day was a new client. A private collector from Switzerland was particularly taken with Carl Spitzweg's charming idyl "In Erwartung der Zeitung" (lot 334), however, the Swiss could only stand his grounds against strong, mostly German competitors after a long and heated bidding skirmish that ended with a result of € 91.500*.

The oil painting "Blick von Capri auf die Bucht von Neapel mit dem Vesuv in der Ferne" made for a little surprise, as it soared to a result of € 60.000*.

Quite respectable results were also realized by half a dozen oil studies by the Dresden artist Gustav Friedrich Papperitz (lots 266, 268, 270, 273, 275, 278), which were not only entirely sold, but also at good and very good increases respectively, of which his "Wolkenstudie" (lot 278), adorning the catalog's rear pastedown, is especially worthwhile mentioning. Despite the committed bidding efforts made almost exclusively by German art lovers – with scores of written bids and nine phones – the small work was eventually won by a British art trader for € 15.000* (starting price: € 1.500), who had already successfully fought against heavy competition for a "Pflanzenstudie" (lot 275) by the same artist. For this lot € 13.750* were sufficient for the victory.

Another lot at the top of the list of objects in desire was an oil painting by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen. "Das Blindekuhspiel" (Blindman's Buff), an atmospheric work executed with a great love for detail, also shown on the catalog's cover, was much sought-after in the German language region. An Austrian collector raised the calling price of € 24.000 to a result of € 36.000*.

Other good results were realized by, among others:

lot no. artist (technique) title starting price   result
401 Wopfner (oil) Verschiffung der Heuernte … € 3.500 € 25.000*
357 Baum (oil) Bäume im Frühling € 19.000 € 23.750*
394 Gaul (bronce) Drei Pinguine € 9.000 € 22.500*
327 Georgi (oil) Blick auf Bethlehem … € 16.000 € 22.500*
389 Defregger (oil) Beim Vorlesen € 9.000 € 21.250*
290 Kobell (oil) Bauer und Hitenkinder … € 12.000 € 15.000*
406 Adler (oil) Der Blumenkranz € 7.500 € 15.000*

The section of Old Masters is led by Albrecht Dürer, who was represented with half a dozen works (lots 7-12), all of which were sold with excellent increases. Special attention was paid to his engraving "Der Reiter (Ritter, Tod und Teufel)" (lot 12), by a Lower Saxon foundation. Without much trouble the work was lifted from a calling price of € 28.000 to the result of € 47.500*. In doing so they did not only relegate the salesroom and the well-filled order book, which registered scores of entries for all Dürer works, to places second and beyond but also a number of phone bidders from Germany and the U.S.A.

More than half a dozen bidders from Belgium, Germany, England, France, Italy and den USA made phone lines run hot when a chalk drawing from Southern Germany entered the race. The "Porträt eines bärtigen Mannes" (lot 124), called up in context of the special auction "From the former collection Wilhelm Laaff", soared from € 600 to the proud result of € 27.500*, granted by a Northern Italian private collector, in no time.

Another popular item from the same collection was a "Figurenstudie" (lot 102), which an English art trader made sure for himself against strong private competitors from Germany, France, Liechtenstein and the U.S.A. for a result of € 26.250*.

The range of offerings in the section of Old Masters was rounded off by the oil on wood piece "Madonna mit Kind und dem Johannesknaben" (lot 131) from Southern Germany, carried away by a British collector for a result of € 10.000* after a fierce battle against competitors from Germany and Italy, as well as by Bernardo Bellottos (Canaletto) etching "Der Altmarkt in Dresden" (lot 51), which went to a South-West German private collector for a result of € 9,400* (starting price: € 8.600) and by two prints from Harmensz. Rembrandt van Rijn. They were sold for € 8.100* (lot 40) and 4.750* (lot 39), in both cases about twice the calling prices, to Berlin and to Morocco.

Other results worthwhile mentioning were realized by, among others:

lot no. artist (technique) title starting price   result
132 Verbruggen (oil) Großes Blumenstillleben … € 6.000 € 9.375*
007 Dürer (copper) Die heilige Familie ... € 3.200 € 9.375*
094 Rottenhammer
Anbetung der Hirten € 6.400 € 8.750*
117 Anwander
Entwurf für Deckengemälde € 800 € 5.000*
033 Callot (etching) Misère de la Guerre … € 1.600 € 5.000*

Objects that remained unsold can be purchased in the post-auction sale until 19 December, 2014. The result list is available by phone on +49-(0)89-552440.

*   The rounded result is the hammer price + 25 % commission for hammer prices up to € 500.000.
The share of the hammer price that exceeds € 500.000 is subject to a commission of + 20 % added to the commission charged for the share up to € 500.000.

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg, Duesseldorf and Modena (Italy) contribute substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as permanent online auctions on are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is owner and director of Ketterer Kunst.
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