Kaupp The Spring Auction

Sulzburg, near Freiburg im Breisgau. Already in 2007 and 2008 KAUPP Auctioneers achieved highest results for paintings by Carl Spitzweg. At the forthcoming Spring Auction which will take place at Castle Sulzburg from May 14th to May 16th 2009, five more works by the popular South German painter will be put to the hammer. KAUPP will be offering more than 2000 first-class items in all areas of collectibles, including around 500 paintings – covering the wide range from old masters up to modern artists.

One of the highlights is the painting ‘Bathe in Dieppe II’ (starting price 170,000 €, Fig. 73782), formerly from the Sprengel-Collection in Hanover, which shows Spitzweg’s masterly skills around 1867. Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wichmann praises the charming painting as one of the best and most impressive coast area paintings being inspired by Eugène Isabey.

The ‘Risky Passage’ (starting price 90,000 €, Fig. 75307) convinces with the humorous portrayal of an elderly, top-hatted man balancing on a catwalk. ‘The Commandant’ (starting price 70,000 €, Fig. 74536) shows an officer in bathrobe reading out his imperatives. The painting shows the snugness which is typical for the German Biedermeier and especially for Spitzweg’s style. The painting “Breviary Prayer” (starting price 70,000 €, Fig. 74414) shows a praying country parson with umbrella and clergyman cap in front of a wayside shrine and is one of the earlier works being offered at KAUPP. It was dated by Prof. Dr. Wichmann around 1845. The ‘Nightly Landscape with a Mill near a Brook’ (starting price 25,000 €, Fig. 73783) proves Spitzweg’s mastership in landscape painting.

An exquisite version of ‘Christ in the House of the Pharisee’ (starting price 10,000 €, Fig. 75248) was attributed to the immediate circle of Carlo Dolci by Francesca Baldassari, author of the catalogue raisonnée.

Besides works from the 18th and 19th century KAUPP lays a special focus on Modern and Contemporary Art. Amongst numerous high-ranking works by well-known artists there is a ‘Panoramic Alp View from Lake Constance’ (starting price 9,000 €, Fig. 75248) by Otto Dix, the two impressive landscape paintings ‘Moorlands’ (starting price 6,000 €, Fig. 74708) and ‘The Wadden Sea’ (starting price 6,000 €, Fig. 74709) by Hans am Ende, co-founder of the artist’s colony in Worpswede, as well as interesting works by Erich Heckel, Ludwig Kasper, Ida Kerkovius, William McTaggart, Otto Pippel and Max Slevogt.

A rarity on the art market is a ‘Reclining Nude’ (starting price 6,000 €, Fig. 74711) by Erwin Dominik Osen, friend of Egon Schiele and member of the Vienna Neukunstgruppe. The splendid work ‘Teatime on the shore of Lake Starnberg’ (Fig. 75144) by Edward Alfred Cucuel will be offered with a starting price of 25,000 €.

A selection of enchanting Chryselephantine sculptures from predominantly private collections includes the ‘Dancer with Tricot’ (starting price 2,500 €, Fig. 75148) by Ferdinand Preiss, ‘Standing Nude’ (starting price 2,000 €, Fig. 75150) by Ludwig Walther, the ‘Ballplayer’ (starting price 4,500 €, Fig. 75147) by Aurore Onu and the charming ‘Butterfly Dancer’ (starting price 1,200 €, Fig. 73932) by Otto Poertzel.

From a Swiss private collection comes an attractive offer of Chagall graphics, including an edition of ‘Vitraux pour Jérusalem’ (starting price 1,000 €, Fig. 74304) with two original lithographs, a drawing on the title page and a dedication from 1970 to Roland Pozzi. Yet another highlight are also Chagall’s ‘Bible’ (starting price 2,000 €, Fig. 75173) from 1956 with 28 original lithographs as well as the ‘Dessins pour la bible’ (starting price 2,000 €, Fig. 75174) from 1960 with 24 original lithographs, both from the Edition de la revue Verve. A version of the rare, six-volume catalogue raisonné of Chagall’s lithographs with 24 original lithographs will be offered with a starting price of 1,800 € (Fig. 75162).

As expected, KAUPP also offers in other divisions a broad spectrum from selected collectables to exquisite rarities. Fine silver, beautiful glass as well as significant sculptures and clocks, and last but not least quality furniture from the Baroque to Biedermeier will all be called to auction.

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