Auction of 19th Century Art at Ketterer Kunst in Munich
Peak Performance
Spitzweg Carl Spitzweg - Blick ins Tal (Zwei Mädchen auf einer Alpe), um 1860, oil on canvas, 32 x 53,7 cm, (detail) Result: € 143,750

Top 5

€143,750* Calling price: € 45,000
No 08: Carl Spitzweg - Blick ins Tal
(Zwei Mädchen auf einer Alpe)

€ 100,000* Calling price: € 25,000
No 39:Josef von Brandt - Dahinjagende Fuhrwerke
(Heimkehr vom Markt)

€ 93,750* Calling price: € 75,000
No 67: Wilhelm Kuhnert - Löwen am Urwaldbach

€ 75,000* Calling price: € 50,000
No 38: Max Liebermann - Schreitender Bauer

€ 75,000* Calling price: € 12,000
No 55: Franz von Stuck - Phryne

€ 65,000* Calling price: € 14,000
No 42: Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski - Angriff der Wölfe

Munich, November 22, 2019, (kk) - The autumn auction season at Ketterer Kunst kicked off with an extremely successful sale of 19th Century Art. With total proceeds of around € 1.4 million*, currently almost double the proceeds of the direct German competitor, the final of the anniversary year could not have started better. The star of the auction was Carl Spitzweg.
"That was an excellent auction", states Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst. "A sales quota of 75% by lots is just as self evident as a rate of more than 30% first time buyers. A particularly remarkable aspect is the fact that within such a compact range of just 80 works on offer, some 30 objects, more than a third of the offer, realized prices above € 10,000*. The average result per sold lot is at € 23,000*."

Carl Spitzweg's "Blick ins Tal (Zwei Mädchen auf einer Alpe)" (lot 8) set a peak standard at the very beginning of the auction. A tough Southern German bidder in the saleroom won the race for the timeless mountain view. With a result of € 143,750* he did not only beat a good amount of commissions and phone bidders from Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, he also made for more than a three-fold the calling price of € 45,000.

Josef von Brandt's "Dahinjagende Fuhrwerke (Heimkehr vom Markt)" (Los 39) experienced a likewise lively bidding race fought out over the phones mainly by art lovers from Brandt's home country Poland. His fellow countrymen showed similar commitment as the wagon drivers in his picture, until eventually the most persistent among them curbed the competition with a result of € 100,000* - a four-fold of the calling price of € 25,000.

When Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski's "Angriff der Wölfe" (lot 42) was called up just three lots later, a good number of those Polish bidders who had previously been left empty-handed were back at the starting line again. Eventually, it was the same collector who stood his grounds again. With a result of € 65,000*, almost five times the calling price of € 14,000, he did not only relegate phone- and saleroom bidders to places second and beyond, he also outperformed online competitors.

Third place in the auction ranking was made by Wilhelm Kuhnert's "Löwen am Urwaldbach" (lot 67), which was sold to a private collector from North Rhine-Westphalia for a result of € 93,750*.

North Rhine-Westphalia will also be the new home of Max Liebermann's "Schreitender Bauer" (lot 38). At a result of € 75,000* an art lover from the same state and a Swiss collector had to admit defeat.

All four works by Franz von Stuck were sold with excellent price increases, while the bronze "Phryne" (lot 55), a marvelous combination of Greek archaic and the spirit of Modernism, made top of the list. Bids from all over Germany lifted the work from around 1925 to a six-fold of the calling price of € 12,000 in no time. Fortunately, it was sold to a museum for the grand total of € 75,000* and will likely be on display for the public in the future.

A summit of three snow-covered mountain landscapes by Edward Theodore Compton (lots 61, 64, 65) brought about excellent results of up to € 55,000* and sharp increases up to a six-fold the calling price.

The following also realized excellent results:
Lot  Artist(Technique) Title Calling price   Result
04 Wilhelm von Kobell
2 Bll.: Begegnung auf    
der Landstraße
€ 14,000 € 60,000*
57 Franz von Stuck (bronze) Athlet € 7,500 € 45,000*
34 Carl Ludwig Jessen (oil) Nach der Sturmflut € 16,000 € 40,000*

Unsold lots can be acquired in the post auction sale until December 20, 2019. Lists with auction results are 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 family company Ketterer Kunst ( and, with headquarters in Munich and branches in Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Berlin and the USA, was founded in 1954. It is one of the leading European houses for auctions of Fine Art from the 19th to the 21st Century and Rare Books. The latest art market review for Fine Art 2018, compiled by, ranks Ketterer Kunst on place 11 in the global TOP 100. The auctioneer's clientele predominantly consists of international collectors, art dealers, curators and museums.

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