Auction 156D

Nature and dance extravaganza - a private collection
Figurative ceramics and glass

10. June 2021 at 3:00 PM CEST


Thursday has a wonderful private collection in store.

Having offered you the first part of an exquisite private collection of ceramics and porcelain figurines in November last year, which focussed on the ladies of the Wiener Werkstätte, we are now pleased to present the second part of the collection in its own separate catalogue.

Over the years, the collector had lovingly brought together human and bird figurines from a wide variety of manufacturers, even if his main focus lay on the works of the traditional Royal Porcelain Manufactory Meissen and the Viennese manufacture Friedrich Goldscheider. The manufacturer was known worldwide especially in the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, with its contemporary popular figures. The collection spans over a period of between the middle of the 19th century and the outbreak of the Second World War, the aficionado had to resort only sometimes to include new versions of important designs to complete his collection.

Two examples of the famous 'Paduan Rooster' stand out among the bird figurines. Designed by Ernst August Leuteritz after JJ Kaendler in 1854, the darker version was made before 1924 at the Meissen manufactory, the light rooster probably in 1936. Both figurines, with a height of 76 and 78 cm respectively, are estimated at EUR 12,000 - 16,000.

'The morning', a young lady dressed only in a cloth as Aurora, goddess of dawn, is a typical example of the manufactory’s porcelain figurines of the last third of the 19th century (estimate EUR 1,400 - 1,800). The very expressive figurines 'Spanish dancer' and 'Spaniard with lute', which Paul Scheurich designed for Meissen in 1933, stand in stark contrast to it. Both figurines, each executed in 1995, can be purchased for EUR 800 - 1,200 each.

The Friedrich Goldscheider company in Vienna was founded in 1885. After the death of their father Friedrich, the brothers Marcell and Walter took over the company. Early on, they invited freelance sculptors and artists to contribute with designs, which were then mostly made of earthenware. The oldest piece in our selection is the figure 'Lute Play‘ by Melanie von Horsetzky, 1911/12. The figurine, which is still very much based on post-Art Nouveau, is priced at EUR 300-350. Better known and therefore more “typical” for Goldscheider are the characters of the theatre and variety stars of the twenties. The figurine ‚Turtledoves‘ by the sculptor Stephan Dakon, 1927/28, shows two of the well-known Dolly sisters who were models for several figurines by the manufactory. The short clothes, the pose, the beautiful but not overloaded decor were wonderfully suitable for the light material of the earthenware.

Two 'fashion ladies' by Annie Offterdinger, designed as early as 1914 for the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne, are also particularly beautiful. Even these women in their fashionable clothing announce a change in society, which will be fulfilled after the First World War (estimate EUR 2,400 - 2,800 each).

The auction week ended with a sensational success. More than three quarters of the private collection 'Extravagance in Nature and Dance' could be sold with considerable price increases.

The chapter of 30 glasses from the collection could be sold completely, even exceeding the estimated prices. Emile Gallé's 'Narcisses' vase from 1902-04 brought the biggest increase from EUR 700 to EUR 1,700 and was immediately given to the lucky winner on the floor (lot 680).

The objects by Austrian Eduard Klablena experienced the highest price increase among the ceramic figurines, all six female figurines of his passed to new owners. The 'fashion lady' from 1913 was fought over relentlessly and thus her price increased from EUR 600 to EUR 6,700 (lot 839).

The interest in the works of KPM Meissen and in the lively dancers of the Viennese manufacture Friedrich Goldscheider had already been very high in advance, the trend continued during the auction: With Meissen, it was the 'Lady in a Riding Costume with Greyhound' by Rudolf Hentschel and Alfred König's 'Lady with Umbrella' - impressive with her large, imaginative hat - who rose after eager bidding battles from EUR 1,200 to EUR 4,200 each (lots 741, 742) . An unusual mantel clock 'clock case with girl as future, two children as day and night', 1901-04, was also hotly contested, and went for EUR 5,000 into a German private collection. Regarding Goldscheider, it was Paul Philippe's 'Dancer in a Feather Costume', which increased from EUR 1,500 to EUR 4,000, and Stephan Dakon's 'Turtle Doves', for which two of the Dolly Sisters acted as models. Called up at EUR 1,500, the hammer only fell at EUR 4,900.