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Picasso, Giacometti, Klee and Old Masters and in the winter 2020 sale at Schuler Auktionen


On December 7th and in the period between December 9th and 11th, 2020, Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will hold traditional winter sales and will present works by exceptional European artists of the XVII-XX centuries. Among the important lots will be the works of Augusto Giacometti (1877-1947), Paul Klee (1879-1940), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), the biblical theme of artists Abraham Govaerts (1589-1626) and Louis de Caullery (1580-1621), Antonio Zanchi (1631-1722), attributed, and cheerful genre scene by Luigi Bechi (1830-1919).

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Augusto Giacometti (1877-1947).
Augusto Giacometti (1877-1947).
“Kamele bei der Rast” (“Camels in Repose”).
Pastel on paper. Initials on the bottom right. There is no frame. 23.2*35 cm.
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Among the top lots will be the work by Augusto Giacometti “Camels in Repose” (EUR 9 520.00 - 17 140.00), featuring special compositional arrangement and perspective. In the lower left part, the subject is drawn with very weak pressure, creating an outstanding effect of its proximity to the viewer.

Note:

  • Inventoried by the Swiss Institute for Art Research (Nr. 12 228).
Paul Klee (1879-1940).
Paul Klee (1879-1940).
“Seiltänzer” (“Tightrope Walker”). 1923.
Chromolithography. One of 220 copies. Signature in pencil in the bottom right and the inscription “138”. Two “BSB” watermarks and a concealed “Ganymed” stamp. Image to the line 43.9*26.8 cm, size of the entire sheet: 49*30.8 cm. Has a frame.
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The chromolithograph “Tightrope Walker” by Paul Klee, 1923 (estimated at EUR 11 430 - 17 140). One of 220 copies.

Note:

  • The sheet has yellowed, the corners and edges are slightly uneven. The rear side contains traces of glue.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
“Visage Masque” (“Face of the Mask”) ceramic plate.
Date on the back: “21.10.47 IV” and the stamp “Madoura plein feu”. Galerie Beyeler Basel tag. 38*32.5 cm.
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Pablo Picasso’s “Face of the Mask” ceramic plate (EUR 23 810 - 38 100) in light brown and blue.

Note:

  • Very good condition. According to Christie’s catalogue dated June 22nd, 2011, the authenticity of the work was confirmed by Claude Picasso. No available written documents exist.

Provenance:

  • Heritage of Picasso (no. 57145).
  • Jacqueline Picasso, Mougins.
  • Catherine Hutin, Paris (by inheritance).
  • Ernst Beyeler, Basel.
  • Christie’s, June 22nd, 2011, lot 313.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Abraham Govaerts (1589-1626) and Louis de Caullery (1580-1621).
Abraham Govaerts (1589-1626) and Louis de Caullery (1580-1621).
“Heilige Familie mit musizierenden Engeln in einer Landschaft” (“The Holy Family with Angels Playing Music on a Landscape Background”).
29.5*38.3 cm.
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The work presented entitled “The Holy Family with Angels Playing Music on a Landscape Background” (estimated at EUR 9 520 - 14 290) was executed by Renaissance period Flemish artists Abraham Govaerts and Louis de Caullery. The Holy Family, fleeing to Egypt, is depicted on the left side. The white and colourful clothing, the glistening red cape, the soft heather tone in combination with the green cape of the Virgin Mary and the golden clothing of the Angel illustrate why Caullery was known for his colour palette and why he received the nickname “Colori”. The landscape is executed in a manner typical of Govaerts: similar to Bruegel both compositionally and in the colour combination, as well as in the manner of execution.

Note:

  • Аuthenticity confirmed: Ellen Bernt, Munich, March 31st, 1981.
  • Аuthenticity confirmed: Prof. Dr. Justus Müller Hofstede, Bonn, November 3rd, 1981.
  • Аuthenticity confirmed: Dr. Ursula Härting, Hamm, September 25th, 2020.

Provenance:

  • Wolfgang C. Maier-Preusker Art Auction House, Bonn, November 1st, 1981.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Antonio Zanchi (1631-1722), attributed.
Antonio Zanchi (1631-1722), attributed.
“Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes” (“Judith with the Head of Holofernes”).
Canvas/oil. 115*114 cm.
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“Judith with the Head of Holofernes” by Antonio Zanchi, attributed (estimated at EUR 6 670 - 8 570).The art of Antonio Zanchi was strongly influenced by the flow of Caravaggism - his works are distinguished by their value contrasts. Became famous due to his depiction of religious and mythological scenes.

Note:

  • The painting is cropped, canvas reinforced. Schuler Auktionen auction house would like to express its gratitude to professor Riccardo Lattauda for cataloguing this work based on a high-resolution photograph.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Henry Ferguson (1655-1730).
Henry Ferguson (1655-1730).
“Sarkophag und antike Ruinen in einer Grotte” (“Sarcophagus and Antique Ruins in a Grotto”).
Canvas/oil. 46*65 cm.
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“Sarcophagus and Antique Ruins in a Grotto” by Henry Ferguson (estimated at EUR 4 760 – 6 670). Ferguson was known for his images of classical ruins - his works are exceptional due to their dark and saturated palette. The figures in the right part are reminiscent of Salvator Rosa’s (1615-1673) copper plate etching “Two Soldiers” (1658). Among the well-known works of the artist - “Capriccio of Classical Ruins” at Ham House (England) and “Three Nymphs by a Pool before a Sarcophagus”, Worcester College, Oxford University.

Note:

  • The painting is cropped, canvas reinforced.
  • The Schuler Auktionen auction house would like to express its gratitude to MarinaAaarts for cataloguing the given piece.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Luigi Bechi (1830-1919).
Luigi Bechi (1830-1919).
“Mutterglück” (“A Mother’s Happiness”).
Oil/canvas. Signature in the bottom right. 76*57.5 cm.
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“A Mother’s Happiness” by Luigi Bechi (estimated at EUR 4 760 - 6 670) immerses us in the delightful moment of a mother interacting with her child. The portrayal of the simple, yet cozy ambience is supplemented with the use of warm tones of light and cold shadows, as well as details creating an atmosphere of complete harmony, such as, for example, the flower on the window, the cat in the lower right part, and the hot lunch on the table. Bechi made historically themed paintings, landscapes, as well as genre scenes. He was a professor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

Note:

  • Scratches on the edge, areas of paint loss.
Noël, Jules (1815-1881).
Noël, Jules (1815-1881).
"Sultan sur sa felouque traversant le Bosphore" (“The Sultan Crosses the Bosporus on a Felucca”)
Canvas/oil, signature and date in the bottom right, 1845, 68*100,5 cm.
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“The Sultan Crosses the Bosporus on a Felucca” (estimated at EUR 3 810 - 6 670) due to its content corresponds to the Orientalist period of Noël's art, which lasted from 1841 to 1847. This time in the biography of the artist is a blank space to this day. French writer Gustave Vapereau maintained that Noël undertook a trip to the East between 1843 and 1845, although Brillaud-Laujardière contended that Noël only travelled in his imagination, which Michel Rodrigue also agreed with. However, Noël did take a trip to Algeria under the auspices of The Duke of Nemours, where he died in 1881.

Provenance:

  • The Comte de Lichy, Dorat, Haute Vienne collection (according to the label on the back).
  • Sotheby's, London, May 4th, 1977, Lot 301.
  • Private collection, Switzerland
Allegorie des Wassers
“Allegorie des Wassers: Zwei Putti mit Fischen und Muscheln” (“An Allegory of Water: two angels with fish and seashells”).
Unknown artist. Antwerpen, c. 1665.
Oil on copper. 17,5*23,2 cm.
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“An allegory of water: two angels with fish and seashells” (estimated at EUR 3 810 - 5 710) most likely belongs to a series of works on the theme of the four elements and alludes to the painting “Antonio Moncado Leads Queen Blanca from Sicily into Hiding” by David Teniers III and Jan van Kessel I. Similar motifs can be found in the lower right corner of the painting.

Note:

  • Copper plate mounted on a subframe,
  • Paint touch-ups on the edge.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
A portrait of, most likely, Anne d’Austriche (1601-1666).
Unknown artist, France, c. 1650.
A portrait of, most likely, Anne d’Austriche (1601-1666).
Canvas/oil. 61*50 cm.
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Unknown artist, France, c. 1650. The portrait is likely of Anne d'Austriche (estimated at EUR 2 860 - 4 760).

Note:

  • Reinforced canvas, paint touch-ups, new canvas stretcher

Provenance:

  • Collection of the Ile-de-France castle;
  • Collection of the Chateau de Cheserex);
  • Private collection, West Switzerland.

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