About Us

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen has now established itself as one of the leading international auction houses for fine and design art, specializing in all styles from 1880 to the present day.

Askan Quittenbaum

Averaging eight sales annually, the German-based company holds auctions specializing in high-quality furniture, glass, ceramics, silver and jewelry as well as paintings and graphic arts, ranging from the 1880’s to the contemporary. Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen in Munich is now recognized wordlwide and expanding. Its exceptional expertise in Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Design, Murano glass, African tribal art and fine art, has gained the auction house a reputation as an international centre for dedicated collectors, specialists and buyers.

Art Nouveau - Art Deco French Art Glass is especially successful, it is offered twice a year in two comprehensive Art Nouveau sales. Lately, the House has received record prices for rare glass objects by Emile Gallé, Daum Frères and Loetz widow Glassworks. Non-competitive – even on the international level – are the results Quittenbaum has attained in recent years for the designs of prominent architect and designer Henry van de Velde. In May 2016, a 54-piece 'Whiplash' set was sold for €180,000 (net) and in December 2016 a 28-piece set of the same pattern realized €120,000 (net).

Design and Murano Glass Three design auctions per year, taking place regularly in Spring and late Summer, pick up special topics of the Design History. In the past, Bauhaus, Italian Design, Scandinavia, 'Design made in Germany' and 'Design meets Movie', presenting furniture and illumination featured in the movies, were on the agenda. Furniture by Alvar Aalto, Piero Fornasetti and Gino Sarfatti have reached the highest hammer prices lately.

At the end of each year, the most important objects of the Design History are assembled in the 'Highlight' auction.

Twice a year, our House presents Murano Glass, which has developed into a very popular collection area – in February 2017, 75% of the selection was sold. Askan Quittenbaum provided a comprehensive publication on the classics of Italian Glass Design, published at DuMont in 2012.

Modern Art In 2015 and 2016, the artist's postcards by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were among the highlights of the Art offer. Twice a year, works of the Classic Modern and Contemporary Art dominate the selection.

The House specialises also in the sale of whole collections. In 2014, Quittenbaum offered the 'Brigitte' mansion by Richard Riemerschmid, which was customised exclusively with furniture, lamps, objects and paintings by the Art Nouveau artist. In 2015 and 2016, important works of art and objects from the estate of Expressionism collector Dr. Elsa Hopf were on offer.

The company dates back to 1956 when Ellen Piper opened an African Art gallery in Düsseldorf. Later, in 1968 she grew the business in Hamburg, specializing in jewelry, Art Nouveau and modern antiques. 
 Her son, and now manging director, Askan Quittenbaum joined forces with her in 1992. Together they founded the Galerie Quittenbaum in Hamburg-Blankenese and subsequently concentrated more and more on modern art and design: Art Deco, design of the 20th century and Murano glass. In 1998 the operation was finally moved to Munich, the hub of the German art business. On 11 May of that year, the very first Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen sale took place.

Quittenbaum’s richly illustrated auction catalogues serve as a comprehensive reference, providing a plethora of valuable information for exploring 20th century art.