NEUMEISTER WINTERAUCTION

POST AUCTION SALE UNTIL 22 DECEMBER

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EDITORIAL BY KATRIN STOLL

"A well-painted turnip is better than a badly painted Madonna", Max Liebermann said. And that brings us to the heart of the matter. Liebermann's garden at Wannsee is one of the highlights of the December auction.

You will look in vain for the well-painted turnip, but the painting is nevertheless excellently painted - as is Max Slevogt's Forest Landscape, another Impressionist masterpiece in our auction.

In the field of Classical Modernism, the protagonists of Expressionism are strongly represented: With Max Pechstein, Otto Mueller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde, we are sending four "Brücke" artists with top-class works into the bidding war. Each work is a true collector's item in its own right, as are the paintings by Hedwig Marquardt. Unfortunately, this artist - whose "Deer" made a sensational start at a NEUMEISTER auction in 2016 - is still little known, which means she shares the fate of many German women artists of the early 20th century who had a hard time asserting themselves in an art world dominated by men.

We follow up the much acclaimed Urban Art cover story of the last magazine with a Banksy in terms of content. There is a wide range in the photography section. Gorgeous shots of Andy Warhol and the rock band he sponsored, the Velvet Underground, could become the foundation of a cool collection.

A story on sustainability in art, a theme that was already taken up by the landscape painters in the 19th century, spans across the disciplines. Some of the paintings in the December auction can also be assigned to this theme, while our top lots - Poacher by Franz von Defregger and a Harem Scene by Rudolf Ernst - set their very own accents.

And if you want to shine at Christmas with a special gift, I recommend the golden purse that Ludwig I once gave to a lady as a present.

I wish you much pleasure reading, much success in your bidding, a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Katrin Stoll

AUCTION MODERN, POST WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART

KLASSISCHE MODERNE - LIEBERMANN, SLEVOGT, PECHSTEIN, MÜLLER, NOLDE, KIRCHNER UVM.

Emil Nolde - Junges Paar. 1913

auction 403, Lot 504

estimate € 100.000 to € 150.000
still available

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Sitzender Akt mit gespreizten Beinen. 1925

auction 403, Lot 506

estimate € 15.000 to € 25.000
still available

Hermann Max Pechstein - Keitelkähne. 1920

auction 403, Lot 516

estimate € 250.000 to € 270.000
still available

Max Slevogt - Waldlandschaft bei Neukastel, Baumwipfel. 1921

auction 403, Lot 518

estimate € 30.000 to € 50.000
still available

WORKS ON PAPER
CLASSIC MODERN ART
SKULPTURES
CLASSIC MODERN ART
PAINTINGS
CLASSIC MODERN ART
 
INTERVIEW WITH IPEK BLASK

DIE KUNST IMMER IM KOPF

What do you do at NEUMEISTER?

I am an expert in paintings, graphics, sculptures and photographs from classical modernism to the present.

What does your working day look like?

I make phone calls, write emails, work a lot on the computer, similar to other office jobs. When I "catalogue", however, I also use a UV lamp, magnifying glass and folding rule - that's what makes my job different from others. Of course, I also advise customers; in the case of larger collections and estates, I also visit them at home. And then, of course, you always come into contact with new works of art. It's always a great experience: the tangible thrill, the heated bidding wars and the joy when an estimated price is clearly exceeded.

A lasting auction experience?

 One highlight was certainly the auction at the Haus der Kunst in 2006. We worked there all summer in the basement rooms of the museum and had to dress really warmly, even though it was over 30 degrees outside and half of Munich was jumping into the Eisbach next door. The warehouse was full of art; almost 1,000 objects were auctioned. Almost everything was sold.

And the biggest surprises?

 In 2007, for example, Fritz Behn's estate of almost 300 works was auctioned. Behn was little represented on the art market at that time, but the sale was a great success - a total of 98% of the works were sold.

Your tip for the December auction?

 Hedwig Marquardt would be one such tip. In the Contemporary Art section, I also think the works by the artist SEO and "The Four" by Murfin Michael are cool.

What about possible increases in value?

If you buy artworks as an investment, you have the greatest chance of a rapid increase in value within a short period of time in the field of contemporary art. Banksy - of whom we also have a work in the auction - is the best example of this. However, you should definitely seek professional advice when buying and selling.

Have you ever bought something at auction?

Yes, of course - it's great fun! You can not only buy original and beautiful objects at auctions, you can even trade sustainably and buy without a guilty conscience.

What excites you personally about modern and contemporary art?

There is so much contemporary history in works of classical modern art. When you work on them, you learn a lot about the artists and the time in which the work was created. A few years ago I was allowed to edit works by Gabriele Münter, including postcards and small studies. That was great fun, because I got to know the artist from a very private side. And contemporary art is incredibly versatile: photography, video, performance, sculpture, painting and architecture. It often reflects current society. It also gets exciting in the international field.

How does one become an expert in an auction house?

I studied art history and Islamic art with archaeology. At the beginning, I was very interested in both fields, and in retrospect I am very glad I did. Through Islamic art, I had the opportunity to better understand currents and influences; excursions took me to Syria, Jordan and Spain. During my studies I did internships in museums and galleries and developed step by step in the direction of modern art. I have been working for NEUMEISTER since 2006, first as a volunteer and then as an expert for Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art.

Is art also a subject in your free time?

In my free time I'm outdoors a lot, I like to move around and do sports. But art is also always on my mind. I like to walk through exhibitions of all kinds, which doesn't necessarily have to do with classical modern or contemporary art. It's precisely areas that I'm not so familiar with that have an inspiring and relaxing effect.

 

 

ERNST WILHELM NAY

Ernst Wilhelm Nay - Frau mit Kind im Herbst. 1946

auction 403, Lot 500

estimate € 40.000 to € 60.000
still available

Michael Murfin - The Four. 1984

auction 403, Lot 542

estimate € 5.000 to € 7.000
still available

HEDWIG MARQUARDT - GENTLE AND MELANCHOLIC

Some will remember when the "Deer" by the painter Hedwig Marquardt exceeded the estimated price of 2,000 to 4,000 euros many times over at a NEUMEISTER auction in 2016 with a result of 45,720 euros. In December, there will be another opportunity to acquire one or even several works by the rather little-known artist.

 A small, very fine collection of works by Hedwig Marquardt will be called up, whose works are in the expressionist tradition, but - as the present works show - can also be gentle and melancholic.

The artist was born in Biere near Magdeburg in 1884 and initially trained as an art teacher in Kassel, followed by her art studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule Magdeburg and the Academy in Munich from 1906 to 1909. After her time in Munich, Marquardt lived in Berlin until 1912. There she studied for a time with Lovis Corinth and became acquainted with the work of the German and international avant-garde, including Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger. She may also have attended the "First German Autumn Salon" in 1913, initiated by Herwarth Walden, the founder of the gallery "Der Sturm", where the Orphists and Cubists, including Robert Delaunay, exhibited alongside the artists of the Blaue Reiter.

After the First World War, Hedwig Marquardt also turned to the field of ceramics. From 1922 she lived with the ceramist Augusta Kaiser (1895 - 1932) and moved to Hanover in 1927, where she taught until 1949.

The work of both artists has only recently been adequately appreciated. In 2013, the Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden dedicated the exhibition "Auguste Kaiser - Hedwig Marquardt - A Pair of Women Artists" to them.

- zurückgezogen

auction 403, Lot 511

estimate € 0 to € 0
still available

THE ECOBALANCE THE ART

Sustainable messages, sustainable production: collecting art is a sustainable passion per se. But how can art be created and presented in a more environmentally friendly way? And how can the art business be made more sustainable? There are answers.

BEUYS AND HIS TREES

"Art is the only form in which environmental problems can be solved." This quote by Joseph Beuys dates back to 1982, with which he had presented his "Social Sculpture" at documenta 7 in Kassel. This legendary work of art, in which 7,000 trees were planted over the course of several years, is considered the beginning of art's struggle for ecological thinking and action. However, even the most visionary artists in the 1980s could not have foreseen the significance that sustainability would receive as a category in art. 

NATURE AND ITS MISSION

Beuys' tree-planting campaign was a political-activist art-happening (neo-German: artivism) for which environmental protection meant both subject and sustainable action. The aim was to draw attention to the threat to nature posed by man-made environmental interventions - and this approach was not at all new: as early as the 19th century, landscape painters dealt with (endangered) nature. Nature became a source of inspiration, a retreat, a counter-image to the industrialised, soulless city and a projection surface for human feelings, mysterious and full of messages. Sometimes painters became very concrete, put their fingers in wounds by creating pictures of quarries, for example - to show what damage man as a selfish, profit-oriented being was doing to nature. This thinking, which was unbelievably progressive and antipivocational for the time, was as relevant then as it is now and is addressed by many contemporary artists far beyond Beuys; examples of this are the globalisation-critical works by the South Korean artist SEO. 

WHAT IS ART ALLOWED TO DO? 

Long ridiculed, the new thinking is catching on and more and more influential voices are calling for art and the art business to become more sustainable. The German-British artist Tino Sehgal, for example, believes that eco-balances must be looked at in every area of society. He has been addressing the issue of sustainability in art and museums for some time and is a sought-after interview partner on the subject. After all, climate change and sustainability are becoming more and more relevant in art, on the one hand as a subject for artists and on the other hand for checking their own climate balance. Sehgal believes that one question in particular should not be taboo: is the statement made by a work of art still in proportion to the material expenditure in this day and age? Is art allowed to do anything? The question of sustainability in digital art, for example, is still completely unresolved. In any case, the energy expenditure of so-called NFTs is likely to be many times higher than that of a Spitzweg painting. 

ORGANIC FOOD IN THE MUSEUM CAFÉ

While artists focus on the smart use of materials for more sustainability, museums and galleries are challenged in other areas. The fact that cultural institutions offer oat milk and vegan organic food without disposable dishes in their cafés is a start. But in the end, it is the air conditioning systems that account for about two thirds of the energy consumption of exhibition halls. In May 2021, museum managers met, among others, with the Minister of State for Culture, Monika Grütters, for a round table on "Museums - Climate Protection and Sustainability". The German Museums Association is now founding a working group that will look into concrete solutions. The question of whether works of art might have to do without optimal exhibition conditions in terms of room temperature, humidity and light in the future will certainly be put to the test. Logistics and storage will also have to be critically reviewed.

 

OLD ART IS SUSTAINABLE PER SE

The situation is quite different and much less problematic when it comes to art that was produced hundreds of years ago using the means of the time and has been preserved to this day. Of course, there are highly sensitive materials whose elaborate conservation is only possible in energy-intensive, climate-controlled archive rooms. But an old painting, an antique piece of furniture, sculptures or vases, even books can be stored relatively easily in private homes and without additional CO2 emissions. And: objects from earlier epochs are also sustainable in terms of values: whether it is a marble bust from the Roman imperial period, a Gothic Madonna, a Biedermeier cabinet or an oil painting by Max Liebermann: such art objects are charged with content, convey education and values, stimulate discussion and thus contribute to tolerant coexistence over generations until today. And then there is the scientific point of view: as "second-hand goods", the eco-balance of art that was created a long time ago cannot be topped: There is nothing that still needs to be made, everything is already there. Collecting and buying art is also an alternative to the throwaway society.

NEUMEISTER GOES GREEN

NEUMEISTER is continuously working on improving the company's sustainability balance. A fundamental sustainability strategy is currently being developed. Waste is avoided or separated wherever possible. Disposable plastic is gradually being banned from the company. Disposable tableware is taboo. Paper is avoided as far as possible, especially through the progressive digitalisation in the company. The elimination of the print catalogue alone saves several tonnes of paper per year. Our remaining print publications are generally printed on eco-paper. The CO2 emissions caused by printing are largely offset by supporting sustainable projects. We prefer sustainably oriented suppliers.

SEO (Seo Su-gyeong) - Winter I. 2011

auction 403, Lot 550

estimate € 6.000 to € 8.000
still available

SEO (Seo Su-gyeong) - Kalter Berg. 2013

auction 403, Lot 551

estimate € 30.000 to € 50.000
still available

PAINTINGS
CONTEMPORARY ART
SCULPTURES
CONTEMPORARY ART
WORKS ON PAPER
CONTEMPORARY ART
 

BANKSY - RIESENRUMMEL

- zurückgezogen

auction 403, Lot 614

estimate € 0 to € 0
still available

OVER THE GROUND.

Nico from Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol as Dracula and Batman. Nico with Lou Reed on the guitar. Warhol's banana as an album cover. Plus photographs of women - by Ruth Bernhard, Sven Marquardt, Maxime Ballesteros, Daido Moriyama, Angelika Platen and Pierre Molinier, among others.

In the December auction, friends of modern photography will get their money's worth. With a manageable financial investment, you can lay the foundation for a wonderful collection that is not only aesthetically sophisticated, but also impressively documents pop and cultural history.

Marshall Swerman - Andy with glasses, New York

auction 403, Lot 621

estimate € 600 to € 800
still available

Andy Warhol - 2 Schallplatten von Andy Warhol und Jean-Michel Basquiat

auction 403, Lot 623

estimate € 600 to € 800
still available

Unbekannt - Andy Warhol & Nico

auction 403, Lot 626

estimate € 400 to € 600
still available

Nat Finkelstein - Nico. Warhol at the Factory and at the Cordoer & Ekstrom Gallery. 1966

auction 403, Lot 628

estimate € 1.200 to € 1.500
still available

Lisa Law - Nico & Loureed of the Velvet Underground. Millerdrive Hollywood, CA. 1966/2018, 1967/2018

auction 403, Lot 629

estimate € 1.200 to € 1.500
still available

 "ART DOES NOT REPRODUCE THE VISIBLE, BUT MAKES VISIBLE."

Paul Klee

Ruth Bernhard was known for photographs of naked women, but her main focus was the formal discipline of creating abstract forms and sculptural masses using composition, light and shadow. One of her most famous works is Two Forms (1962), in which the bodies of two women are pressed together. In the artwork "In the circle", one recognises the classical perfection that gives this photograph the eternal and makes it a timeless masterpiece of the human figure. The forms of the female body are simplified, isolated and emphasised with great clarity. They reveal a complexity not often seen in works with nudes. The female body in the circle appears hauntingly sensual, yet classically restrained. The photograph appears to be lit from within.

Thomas Herbrich - The Truth of the Moonlanding. 2011

auction 403, Lot 635

estimate € 1.000 to € 1.500
still available

Sven Marquardt - Untitled (aus der Serie Wild verschlossen). 1987

auction 403, Lot 641

estimate € 1.000 to € 1.500
still available

Sven Marquardt - Untitled (PC and Lisa). 2019

auction 403, Lot 644

estimate € 2.000 to € 2.500
still available

Josef Fischnaller - Sophie. 2009/2017

auction 403, Lot 647

estimate € 2.000 to € 3.000
still available

Maxime Ballesteros - Full Moon, Mexico. 2016

auction 403, Lot 649

estimate € 1.500 to € 1.800
still available

Daido Moriyama - Sibuya, Tokyo. 1969

auction 403, Lot 652

estimate € 2.000 to € 3.000
still available

AUCTION WORKS ON PAPER AND PAINTINGS 15. - 20. CENTURY

Carl Spitzweg's works have fetched top prices at NEUMEISTER for decades and have inspired art lovers from all over the world. Among them is Persia's former princess Soraya, who bought Spitzweg's painting "The Angler" for DM 80,000 at a NEUMEISTER auction on 3 October 1963. The "Plauderstündchen", which will be auctioned in December 2021, would probably also appeal to her. The work points out that Carl Spitzweg was not only an artist, but also a trained pharmacist. During his training he worked, among other places, in a pharmacy in Erding, at the Royal Bavarian Court Pharmacy and as a pharmacist's assistant at the Löwen Pharmacy in Straubing. He refers to this profession in some of his paintings by making a pharmacy the setting - as in the present work. A group of a gentleman and three women are depicted listening to a soldier telling stories. Another person is looking out of the window at the bottom left. The figure of a stork in the bay window on the left is recognisable as the name-giver for the pharmacy. The stork as the sign of the pharmacy was probably chosen because of its role in mythology as a figure of luck and salvation. The potted plant on the balustrade to the right can be understood as a further reference to the pharmacy and also to Spitzweg's professional career: an agave. Spitzweg dealt with this plant in detail during his studies of pharmacy. Now all that remains is to bid and - as demonstrated by Princess Soraya - catch a Spitzweg!

PAINTINGS 19 AND 20 CENTURY

Carl Spitzweg - Plauderstündchen (Storchen-Apotheke)

auction 403, Lot 395

estimate € 60.000 to € 80.000
still available

Rodolphe (Rudolf) Ernst - Haremsszene

auction 403, Lot 435

estimate € 150.000 to € 180.000
still available

LANDSCAPES - GERMAN PAINTINGS FROM 19 CENTURY

Emil Jakob Schindler - Wasserfall im Hochgebirge

auction 403, Lot 441

estimate € 18.000 to € 20.000
still available

Elisabeth von Eicken - Garten mit blühenden Kirschbäumen

auction 403, Lot 450

estimate € 6.000 to € 8.000
still available

ALBRECHT ADAM AND THE HORSES

LADIES PORTRAITS

München - Bildnis Charlotte von Hagn

auction 403, Lot 373

estimate € 4.000 to € 6.000
still available

Gabriel von Max - "Fabiola"

auction 403, Lot 437

estimate € 4.000 to € 5.000
still available

ALEXANDER KOESTER

Alexander Koester - Stillleben mit Kapuzinerkresse in blauer Vase

auction 403, Lot 464

estimate € 21.000 to € 24.000
still available

PAINTINGS
19 AND 20 CENTURY
WORKS ON PAPER
19 AND 20 CENTURY

RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE AND ROKOKO

Jan van Scorel - Anbetung der Könige

auction 403, Lot 336

estimate € 30.000 to € 40.000
still available

Matthäus Günther - Die Hl. Sippe im Innenraum

auction 403, Lot 369

estimate € 10.000 to € 12.000
still available

PAINTINGS
15 - 18 CENTURY
WORKS ON PAPER
15 - 18 CENTURY
AUCTION DECORATIVE ARTS AND ANTIQUES

SCULPTURES: GOTHIC MADONNA AND ALABASTER

- Maria mit Kind

auction 403, Lot 277

estimate € 10.000 to € 12.000
still available

TAPISSERIE UND FINE FURNITURE

SCULPTURES
DECORATIVE ART
TAPISSERIE
 

PORCELAIN FROM MEISSEN, DESIGN BY RICHARD RIEMERSCHMID

- Sechs Essteller

auction 403, Lot 231

estimate € 2.200 to € 2.200
still available

- Sechs Suppenteller

auction 403, Lot 232

estimate € 2.000 to € 2.400
still available

- Sechs Dessertteller

auction 403, Lot 233

estimate € 1.500 to € 1.800
still available

- Platte

auction 403, Lot 234

estimate € 1.400 to € 1.600
still available

- Schale (Untersatz)

auction 403, Lot 235

estimate € 600 to € 800
still available

HANDICRAFTS OF THE EARLY 20 CENTURY

- "Hindenburg"

auction 403, Lot 249

estimate € 800 to € 1.200
still available

- Zurückgezogen

auction 403, Lot 250

estimate € 0 to € 0
still available

INTERIOR
ARET DÉCO, 20 CENTURY DESIGN
EAST ASIAN ART
FURNITURE
ART DÉCO, 20 CENTURY DESIGN
 

GLASS FROM MURANO AND GOLDEN PRESENTS FROM LUDWIG I

CERAMICS
FAIENCES
PORCELAIN
 

FINE SILVERWARE FROM VIENNA

- Deckelkanne

auction 403, Lot 215

estimate € 1.800 to € 2.000
still available

- Platte

auction 403, Lot 216

estimate € 1.000 to € 1.200
still available

- Anbietschale

auction 403, Lot 217

estimate € 800 to € 900
still available

- Kasserole

auction 403, Lot 218

estimate € 600 to € 800
still available

- Deckelkanne

auction 403, Lot 219

estimate € 1.000 to € 1.200
still available

- Schale

auction 403, Lot 221

estimate € 800 to € 1.200
still available

SILVERWARE
CLOCKS
BOXES, SNUFF BOXES
EINRICHTUNG
 
JEWELLERY AUCTION

Rings with rubies and diamonds, classic cocktail bracelets, pendants with aquamarines and brooches with diamonds and cultured pearls. True treasures will be offered at our jewellery auction in December. The selection is particularly varied in the case of historical jewellery; a real collector's item, for example, is the Art Deco ring set with diamonds and emeralds, made in Germany in the Golden 1920s. Take the opportunity and pick up a treasure from our top-class Winter Collection!

KOSTBARE PRETIOSEN DER WINTERAUKTION

- Klassicher Solitärring besetzt mit einem Diamanten im Fancy Light Yellow

auction 403, Lot 11

estimate € 7.800 to € 9.500
still available

- Historischer Korsageanhänger- / Brosche verziert mit iranischen Türkisen, Diamantrosen und Zuchtperlen

auction 403, Lot 33

estimate € 3.900 to € 4.500
still available

- Ring mit Rubinen und Diamanten

auction 403, Lot 35

estimate € 3.900 to € 4.200
still available

- Brosche mit königsblauem Saphir und Diamanten

auction 403, Lot 57

estimate € 17.000 to € 19.000
still available

- Rarität: 6 indische Hochzeits - Jackenknöpfe verziert mit Diamantrosen und Email

auction 403, Lot 60

estimate € 3.500 to € 5.000
still available

- Prächtig verziertes indisches Hochzeitscollier besetzt mit natürlichen Spinellen, Perlen, Diamantrosen und Email

auction 403, Lot 62

estimate € 8.000 to € 10.000
still available

- Brosche mit Brillanten und Zuchtperlen

auction 403, Lot 66

estimate € 2.000 to € 2.800
still available

- Alliancering besetzt mit einem natürlichen Spinell im roten Rougeton

auction 403, Lot 118

estimate € 12.000 to € 14.000
still available

- Exquisiter Art Dèco Ring besetzt mit Diamanten und Smaragden

auction 403, Lot 126

estimate € 20.000 to € 25.000
still available

- Historisches Gliederarmband verziert mit Rubinen und Diamanten

auction 403, Lot 132

estimate € 6.500 to € 8.000
still available

- Aus dem Paradies: " Schlange mit dem Apfelbiss " Ohrstecker verziert mit grünen und gelben Saphiren sowie Brillanten

auction 403, Lot 148

estimate € 4.700 to € 5.500
still available

EAR JEWELLERY
NECKLACES, COLLIERS
PENDANTS, PENDENTIFS
BROOCHES AND PINS
BRACELETS
CUFFLINKS
JEWELLERY SETS AND ACCESSORIES
RINGS