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Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Jacques Majorelle, and Niklaus Stoecklin at the summer auction of 2021 at Schuler Auktionen


The summer auction at Schuler Auktionen is marked by works of renowned European artists of the 15-20 centuries. Among the top lots - “Domino” by Niklaus Stoecklin in the “New Substantiality” style, a religious scene by Pier Francesco Fiorentino inspired by the famous work of Fra Filippo Lippi, Swiss landscapes by Alexandre Calame, Robert Zünd, and Max Buri, a genre scene in a cabaret by Augustin Theodule Ribot, oriental genre scenes by Jacques Majorelle in Macenta and Jean Henri Pontoy in Marrakesh, as well as other interesting lots.

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Niklaus Stoecklin
Niklaus Stoecklin (Basel, 1896 - Basel, 1982).
Domino, 1957.
Signature and date in the bottom right.
Oil on hard orgalite. 37*52 cm.
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“Domino” by Niklaus Stoecklin (estimated at EUR 22’730 - 31’820) fully reflects the “new substantiality” style popular in the first quarter of the XX century and characterised by angular shapes, line sharpness, and a dominance of cold hues.

Provenance:

  • Private Collection, Basel.
Jacques Majorelle
Jacques Majorelle (Nany, 1886 - Paris, 1962).
“Markt von Macenta, Guinea” (“A Market in Macenta, Guinea”), 1952.
Oil/canvas. Indication of the location in the bottom right, signature and date. 45*55 cm.
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“A Market in Macenta, Guinea” (estimated at EUR 18'180 - 27'270) by the famous Orientalist Jacques Majorelle showcases everyday life in African countries being one of the most important leitmotifs in the work of the artist. The genre scene at the market, for which the artist used his preferred pure colours, was captured in Guinea. Glistening light compositionally takes up a significant amount of the space: the effect of the midday sun is achieved with cold hues, some parts are whitened to a total loss of colour.

Provenance:

  • Was passed down as inheritance to the current owner, Switzerland.

Note:

  • The canvas is cut on the edges of each side to the image and is placed under glass along the rear wall.
  • Has a certificate of authenticity from Cabinet Marcilhac, Paris, May 10th, 2021.
  • The back contains an ancient label by the number XII.
Pier Francesco Fiorentino
Pier Francesco Fiorentino (Florence, active in the last third of the XV century).
Madonna with a child and St. John the Baptist c. 1480-90.
Tempera on a wooden panel. 100*62 cm.
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“Madonna with a Child and St.John the Baptist” by Pier Francesco Fiorentino (estimated at EUR 18’180 - 27’270), probably executed by different artists who either worked in the same style or in the same studio. The composition of the piece traces back to the famous painting “Worship of an Infant” by Fra Filippo Lippi, which was commissioned in 1458-1460 for the family chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. The compositional discovery of the religious scene, which Lippi made simpler with the figures standing apart from each other, was so well-liked by contemporaries that it was replicated numerous times by other Florentian artists.

Note:

  • Has the original frame.

Provenance:

  • Luigi Grassi Gallery, 1961 (2a Biennale, Florence, has a photograph in the catalogue).
  • Private Collection, Switzerland.
Alexandre Calame
Alexandre Calame (Vevey, 1810 - Menton, 1864).
"Vue du Wetterhorn, effet du matin” (“View of the Morning Wetterhorn”), 1839.
Oil/canvas. Signature in the bottom right. 80*65 cm.
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“View of the Morning Wetterhorn” (estimated at EUR 14’550 - 23’640) by Swiss landscape artist Alexandre Calame, known for his numerous Alpine landscapes, absorbs us into the tranquility of Swiss alpine nature. Calame represents the Dusseldorf School of Painting and he was very popular among his contemporaries. Works by Calame form part of the collections of large museums all over the world.

Note:

  • Canvas reinforcement.

Provenance:

  • M. Higgins, Ireland, received directly from the artist.
  • Galerie Bollag, Zurich, auction, November 28th, 1924, Nr.43
  • Private collection, Zurich, acquired at the aforementioned auction.
  • Current owner, inheritance.

Bibliography:

  • Rambert, E.A. Calame, Sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris 1884, tableaux mentionnés dans le livre de commandes, No.60
  • Anker, V.Calame, vie et oeuvre, Fribourg 1987, Catalogue raisonné, No.113
Augustin Théodule Ribot
Augustin Théodule Ribot (1823–1891).
“Cabaret Normand” (“Norman Cabaret”), 1875.
Oil/canvas. Signature in the bottom left. 98,3*130,5 cm.
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“Norman Cabaret” (estimated at EUR 13’640 - 22’730) was an important work by Augustin Théodule Ribot. The painting depicts a group of five young men playing cards. Alphonse Masson lithographed this painting for l’Art magazine on the occasion of the 1878 World’s Fair. Works by Ribot are included in the collections of the world’s leading museums.

Provenance:

  • Collection of Monsieur J.Debrousse (1878).
  • Paul Rosenberg Collection (1900).
  • Fischer Auction House, Lucerne, May 20th, 1941.
  • Private Collection, Switzerland.

Note:

  • The back contains the label “Exposition centennale de l'art français, 1900”.
  • Has Artloss Register confirmation.

Exhibitions:

  • Le Salon de 1875, Nr.1718.
  • Exposition universelle int., Paris, 1878, Nr.729.
  • Exposition universelle de Paris, 1900, Nr.569.

Bibliography:

  • Flécherye, P. de la, Le Salon de 1875, p. 86.
  • L'Art, Revue Hébdomadaire illustrée, Tome III, 1878, p. 110.
  • Laforgue, Jules.Œuvres complètes, ill.I, p. 830.
Max Buri
Max Buri (Burgdorf, 1868 – Interlaken, 1915).
“Winter Landscape”, c. 1898/1901.
Oil/canvas. No frame. Signature in bottom right.33*41 cm.
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“Winter Landscape” by Swiss artist Max Buri (EUR 10’910 - 18’180), known mostly for his portraits and genre scenes in the lives of Christians, immerses us into the cosy atmosphere of an Alpine village.

Provenance:

  • Ernst Zumstein, Burgdorf (1868 - 1920).
  • Contemporary owner.

Bibliography:

  • E.Weddingen / S.Schmid, Zu Max Buri's Arbeitsweise, p. 4 ff.
Robert Zünd
Robert Zünd, (Lucerne, 1827 - Lucerne, 1909).
“Blick von Chexbres gegen Genf” (“View from Chexbres of Geneva”).
Signature in the bottom left done at a later date, retouching.
Oil, cardboard. 31*38.5 cm.
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“View of Geneva from Chexbres” (estimated at EUR 10’910 - 16’360) by Robert Zünd, one of the most popular artists of Switzerland, depicts an idyllic view of Geneva, where he studied with artists François Diday and Alexandre Calame.Special treatment of light gives the image astonishing depth and shows the artist’s sensitivity in the perception of nature. Works by Robert Zünd are included in the collections of many art museums in Switzerland.

Note:

  • The real painting is stored in the Swiss Institute for Art under # 77234 as a work done by Robert Zünd himself.

Provenance:

  • Collection of Heinrich Blattmann-Ziegler, Wadenswil (1869 - 1939).
  • Was passed down as inheritance to current owner.
Jean Henri Pontoy
Jean Henri Pontoy (Reims, 1888 - Six-Fours-Les-Plages, 1968)
“Der Markt von Marrakech” (“A Market in Marrakesh”).
Canvas, oil.Signature in the bottom right corner.72*99.5 cm.
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The auction will feature a work by another famous French Orientalist - “A Market in Marrakesh” (EUR 9’090 - 13’640) by Jean Henri Pontoy is executed in a warm palette, thanks to which a softness of the sunlight and an airiness of space are achieved.

Provenance:

  • The painting was passed down as inheritance from Swiss private property.
Pierre Outin
Pierre Outin (Moulins, 1840 - Paris, 1899)
“Diligence dans une montée” (“Diligence in an Ascent”).
Canvas, oil.Signature in the bottom left.64*102 cm.
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“Diligence in an Ascent” (estimated at EUR 9’090 - 13’640) by French master of historical genre scenes Pierre Outin shows a group of people in historical outfits around a diligence ascending a mountain. Pierre Outin received a classical academic education in Paris. One of his geographical works is currently included in a Louvre collection.

Provenance:

  • Private Collection, Switzerland.
  • The La Poste Museum in Paris has in its collection a newspaper cut-out with an image of the painting which corresponds to the painting being featured.
  • A smaller version of this composition was sold at auction at Millon & Associés on May 15th, 2020 under the title “la hold”.
Пьер Луи де Ла Рив.
Pierre Louis de la Rive (Geneva, 1753 - Geneva, 1817).
"Paysage animé près d'un abreuvoir antique entouré de grands arbres",
(“A Lively View Next to an Antique Watering Trough Surrounded by Tall Trees”), 1811.
Canvas/oil.51.5*68.5 cm.
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“A Lively View Next to an Antique Watering Trough Surrounded by Tall Trees” (estimated at EUR 5’450 - 10’910) by famous Swiss artist Pierre Louis de la Rive shows a scene with a raging bull ready to attack people. Works by Pierre Louis de la Rive make part of the collection in leading museums all over the world - the State Hermitage, the Geneva Museum of Art and History, among others.

Provenance:

  • Marc-Auguste Pictet Collection, Geneva (1752-1825), (science journalist and experimental natural philosopher).
  • Private Collection, Zurich.

Bibliography:

  • P.A. Guerretta, Pierre-Louis De la Rive ou la belle nature, Vie et oeuvre peint, Geneva 2002, table de concordance, p. 540, 1811 c/230.

Note:

  • Date and signature in the bottom left corner on the fountain wall.

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