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Seascape by Lew Lagorio, rare work by the teacher of Rubens – Otto van Veen, and Carl Spitzweg’s enchanting night scene in the Autumn 2021 auction at Karl & Faber


24 November, 2021, Karl & Faber will host a traditional Autumn auction of Old Master and 19th century art paintings. An extensive part of the sale is dedicated to the celebrated artists from the Munich school of painting. Among the top lots is “View of Elbrus” by the first apprentice of Ivan Aivazovsky – an honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Arts Lew Lagorio (1828-1905), “Fishing boats and sailing ships at sea” by Konstantinos Volanakis (1837–1907), a landscape of photographic accuracy “The abbey of Saint Ouen in Rouen” by Domenico Quaglio (1787–1837), rare works by Flemish and Dutch artists – “The Holy Family with four putti” by the teacher of Rubens Otto van Veen (1556–1629) and lush still life with symbolic meaning by Jan Mortel (1650 – 1719), as well as paintings by Carl Spitzweg (1808– 1885), Bruno Piglhein (1848– 1894) and other painters.

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Lew Felixowitsch Lagorio
Lew Felixowitsch Lagorio (1828, Feodosia – 1905, St. Petersburg).
“View of Elbrus”.
Oil on canvas, edges relined. 1873. 40*71 cm. Signed in Cyrillic and dated lower right. Framed.
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The top lot in the upcoming auction is “View of Elbrus” (estimated at € 60'000 – 80'000) by Lew Felixowitsch Lagorio, who was the first apprentice of Ivan Aivazovsky. Lagorio was a student at the Imperial Academy of Arts taught by Vorobyev M. N. and Villevalde B. P. In 1900 Lagorio became an honorary member of the Academy. In the beginning of his artistic career Lagorio was under strong influence by Aivazovsky.

The painting offered at auction was executed in 1870-s, when Lagorio was a professor in landscape art and organized numerous journeys to Caucasus. It was acquired by the vice-consul of Germany Carl Emil Weber also in 1870-s, presumably in the studio of the artist in St. Petersburg on Bolshoi prospekt (V.O.) or in the Beggrov shop on Nevsky prospekt.

Provenance:

  • Probably acquired directly from the artist by the vice-council of Germany Carl Emil Weber in 1870-s in St. Petersburg. Since 1882 the painting has been located in Berlin, and owned by the same family.
Konstantinos Volanakis
Konstantinos Volanakis (1837, Iraklion – 1907, Piraeus 1907).
“Fishing boats and sailing ships at sea”.
Oil on canvas, laid down on panel. (18)78. 68,1*133,9 cm. Signed, inscribed with the location “München” and dated lower left. Framed.
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“Fishing boats and sailing ships at sea” (estimated at € 45'000 – 55'000) by the renowned Greek seascape artisit Konstantinos Volanakis shows the return of fishermen with catch in the early morning when the sea is almost still, and the grey-blue sky is reflected on the surface of water with the day yet starting at the horizon. The style of the painting and composition is reminiscent to the works by Joseph Wopfner, who was one of the most important representatives of the Munich school of painting. In fact Volanakis and Wopfner were both students of Carl Theodore von Piloty during their studies at the Academy, and might have been acquainted.

Provenance:

  • Kept for generations in one family, Northern Germany.
Domenico Quaglio
Domenico Quaglio (1787, Munich – 1837, Hohenschwangau).
“The abbey of Saint Ouen in Rouen”.
Oil on canvas. (Around 1825). 91,6*108,2 cm. Framed.
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“The abbey of Saint Ouen in Rouen” (estimated at € 45'000 – 55'000) by the prominent Romanticism German architect painter Domenico Quaglio is executed in the manner of veduta, depicting the view with almost photographic accuracy including the finest details of the architecture without any additions of alterations – just like a genuine historic document from the bygone epoch.

Literature:

  • Brigitte Trost: Domenico Quaglio. 1787-1837. Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, München 1973, Kat.-Nr. VG 55, p. 181.

Provenance:

  • Probably in the collection of Leo von Klenze (1784–1864), Munich;
  • Private ownership, Berlin.
Jan Mortel
Jan Mortel (c.1650, Leiden – 1719, Leiden).
“Still life with corn, pomegranates, peaches, and apricots”.
Oil on panel. 1700. 54,2*45,7 cm. Signed and dated lower left. Framed.
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Lush “Still life with corn, pomegranates, peaches, and apricots” (estimated at € 40'000 – 60'000) by a Dutch Golden Age artist and official artist of the Hortus botanicus garden Jan Mortel is an ode to sensual pleasure and at the same time the fleeting life, idleness and lust. Works by Jan Mortel are kept in the collections of the leading museums around the world.

Provenance:

  • Auction Steinmeyer, Lucerne, May 1924;
  • Kunsthandlung A.G., Lucerne, 1934;
  • Auction, Sotheby’s, London, 23.2.1938, Lot 120 (acquired with documentation by Dr. Hofstede de Groot);
  • Auction Koller, Zurich, 20.10. until15.10.1975, Lot 2817;
  • Private ownership, Switzerland;
  • Auction Koller, Zurich, 26.3.2010, Lot 3039;
  • Private collection, Europe.
Otto van Veen
Otto van Veen (1556, Leiden –1629, Brussels).
“The Holy Family with four putti”.
Oil on panel, cradled. 127*98 cm. Framed.
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“The Holy Family with four putti” (estimated at € 35'000 – 45'000) by Flemish artist Otto van Veen, also known as one of the teachers, who taught Rubens, depicts the scene of Nativity of Jesus. Maria and Joseph sit in front of the manger with hay, and the Christ child lay on the mother’s knees.

Note:

  • Authenticity of the painting was confirmed by Dr. Bert Schepers on the basis of high resolution photograph (e-mail as of 29.9.2021).

Provenance:

  • Neumeister, Munich, Auction 316, 26.6.2002, , Lot 627 (as Flemish, 17th c.);
  • Swiss private ownership, (acquired in the above auction).
Carl Spitzweg
Carl Spitzweg (1808, Munich – 1885, Munich).
“Three gypsies in a wooded valley”.
Oil on panel. (Around 1875/80). 21,1*10,8 cm. Monogrammed lower right with “S in a rhombus”. With the estate stamp twice on the reverse (Lugt 2307). Framed.
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“Three gypsies in a wooded valley” (estimated at € 25'000 – 30'000) by Carl Spitzweg – one of the most important representatives of genre painting from the Biedemeir epoch, shows ordinary life in the idealistic way and not without irony, which creates typical Spitzweg’s cosy and kind world: the night is depicted enchanting rather than gloomy with light accents in the sky, a bonfire and reflections in the foreground. Spitzweg’s oeuvre counts over 1500 works. His paintings are kept in the collections of the leading museums in the world.

Note:

  • The estate stamp twice on the reverse (Lugt 2307).

Literature:

  • Siegfried Wichmann, Carl Spitzweg. Verzeichnis der Werke, Stuttgart 2002, S. 543, Kat.Nr. 1509.

Provenance:

  • Haus der Gemälde, Munich, Feb. 1982;
  • Nachlass Wolfgang Osterloh (1930-2019), Stuttgart;
  • Private ownership, Southern Germany.
Bruno Piglhein
Bruno Piglhein (1848, Hamburg – 1894,Munich).
“Elegant lady in a chaise longue”.
Oil on panel. (Around 1880). 82,4*41,7 cm. Signed lower left. In a decorative floral frame.
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“Elegant lady in a chaise longue” (estimated at € 25'000 – 30'000) by German artist and sculptor Bruno Piglhein depicts a woman wearing a long white dress comfortably sitting on a sofa among pillows and reading a letter. The manner of painting is reminiscent to that of pastels with soft touch and smooth palette: Piglhein liked to use pastels in the beginning of his artistic career.

Note:

  • Frame decorated with rich flower ornament.
Hans Thoma
Hans Thoma (1839, Bernau – 1924, Karlsruhe).
“Lowlands on the Rhine”.
Oil on canvas. (18)96. 132,5* 99,5 cm. Monogrammed and dated lower right. Framed.
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“Lowlands on the Rhine” (estimated at € 18'000 – 24'000) executed by Hans Thoma in 1896 by request of one of his clients refers to the earlier work “Niederung am Rhein”, which had been painted almost 30 years ago, and currently kept in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Inv.-Nr. A II 340. The painting is one of the series of so-called “green paintings” – large scale landscapes painted in the deep green hues.

Provenance:

  • KARL & FABER, Auction 173, 3./4.6.1987, Lot 204;
  • Private ownership, Switzerland.
Nikolaus Gysis
Nikolaus Gysis (1842, Sklavochori/Greece – 1901, Munich).
“Still life with roses”.
Oil on wove, laid down on cardboard. 25.9 x 32 cm. Signed lower right. Framed.
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Nikolaus Gysis was one of the prominent Greek painters of the XIX century – his “Still life with roses” (estimated at € 18'000 – 24'000) likewise his other works was executed in the studio with artificial light. That is why he uses bright hues and accentuates shadows. Alongside he applies soft touch to convey the fragility and gracefulness of the flowers.

Note:

  • With a personal dedication on the reverse on the backing card “Künstlerschaft an den Prinzregenten Luitpold von Bayern von Prof. Nikolaus Gysis”.

Provenance:

  • Luitpold Karl Joseph Wilhelm von Bayern (1821-1912);
  • Hampel, Munich, 4.12.2009, Lot 505;
  • European private collection.
Heinrich Bürkel
Heinrich Bürkel (1802, Pirmasens – 1869, Munich).
“Menagerie at rest in a stable”.
Oil on cardboard. (Around 1867/68). 31.3 x 40.3 cm. Signed lower left. Framed.
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“Menagerie at rest in a stable” (estimated at € 17'000 – 20'000) by Bavarian artist Heinrich Bürkel depicts a comic scene from the life of a travelling menagerie staying for a night in a shed – three men trying to take shotgun away from a monkey.

Literature:

  • Hans-Peter Bühler und Albrecht Krückl, Heinrich Bürkel mit Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, München 1989, Kat.-Nr. 406, p. 271.

Provenance:

  • Weinmüller, Munich, Auction 22.11.1971, Lot 1234.

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