AUCTION 'ARTWORKS & ANTIQUES'
ON 17TH JANUARY 2009
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem !
Whatever you do, do it prudently and consider the outcome!
Marsyas should have considered this line taken from the 'Gesta Romanorum' before he challenged Apollo to a contest of music and lost his hide and life. In his painting 'Marsyas challenging Apollo', the important German-Italian painter Johan Karl Loth (1632-1698) offers his view of the forthcoming death of Marsyas in a pictorial composition dexterously combining the different stages of the drama (Reserve price: € 6,500).
With a considerable 1,500 lots – which is double the number of lots compared to our exiting debut in January – and a catalogue comprising almost 500 pages, Hargesheimer & Günther Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf are ready to sound the bell for their section round of auctions in the area of Artworks & Antiques.
Top-class items including sculptures, paintings, porcelain, glass, Art Nouveau, silverware, ceramics, Orientalia, jewellery, furniture and carpets will be put up for auction on two days, on the 5th and 6th of September 2008.
Apollo's mythological disgraceful deed against Marsyas is accompanied by fine works of other 17th and 18th century master painters: Adrian Backer, Michiel Carree, Jacob van Hulsdonck, Adrian Hannemann, Christoph Nikolaus Kleemann, Gustav Lundberg, Anton Raphael Mengs, Willem de Poorter, Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Esaias van de Velde, and Elias Vonck.
Rich in figures and with some topographic freedom comes this painting of Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), who spent many years in Rome and Amsterdam, featuring the Colosseum and Constantine's Arch (Reserve price: € 2,200).
The Düsseldorf School is represented by the brothers Andreas and Oswald Achenbach: an oil painting of a heathland landscape by Andreas (Reserve price: € 5,000) and a landscape with figure staffage in watercolour by Oswald (Reserve price: € 5,000), inspired by his journeys to Italy.
This forest landscape with a horseman, shepherd and sheep by Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (Reserve price: € 15,000) comes from a private collection in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Names like Alois Arnegger, Fritz Beinke, Herbert Böttger, Cölestin Brügner, Enrique Estevan Y Vicente, Heinz Flockenhaus, Georg and Wilhelm Hambüchen, Karl Hauptmann, Charles Hoguet, Charles Hue, Emil Hünten, Olof Jernberg, Karl Kauffmann, Christian Kröner, Rolf Dieter Meyer-Wiegand, Wilhelm Schreuer, Christian Sell the Younger, August von Siegen and many others speak for themselves and support the great diversity of our portfolio of paintings with its more than 450 lots.
Enthusiasts of Russian works of art can also be sure to get what they are looking for at Hargesheimer & Günther:
A very exciting item, especially for collectors of old Russian icons, is this leather-wrapped, hinged triptych that approximately dates back to the 16th century featuring portrayals of the Madonna and the Infant Jesus, the Holy Trinity, the Annunciation scene, the 12 Apostles and Old Testament Saints (Reserve price: € 6,000).
Vasilij Vasiljevic Vereshchagin painted the portrait of a 'Dark-skinned man with shawl?; Sergei Swjatoslawski looked over the 'Roofs of town'; while Konstantin Egorovitch Makovski preferred to portray the ladies. An interesting subject offers the 'Attack of the Cossacks' by Karl Wilhelm Hahn (1829-1887) dated 1858.
With 'La jeune femme', the sought-after St. Petersburg painter Konstantin Andreevic Somov delivered a charming woman's portrait in watercolour in 1898 ? a creative period, when Somov in particular painted scenes from the Russian Rococo and Biedermeier (Reserve price: € 8,500).
Clad in an Oriental apparel and with a richly decorated Doré base comes a splendid covered vase manufactured in the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg. The combination of porcelain with polychrome painted ornaments and fire-gilded bronze details stems from the era of Tsar Nicholas I and is expected to initiate an exciting 'bidding battle' (Reserve price: € 4,800).