Auction 171B

Art Nouveau - Art Deco
Sculpture - Metal - Ceramics - Silver - Jewelry

15. November 2023 at 3:00 PM CEST

Pure joy of life - figures are the focus of the second auction day at Quittenbaum.

Besides the famous Chryselephantine dancers by French and Austrian artists, two figures from Agathon Leonard's 'Jeu de l'Echarpe' particularly stand out. The 'Danseuse au cothurne' and the 'Danseuse au Tambourin à gauche' in the bronze version by Susse Frères captivate their viewer with the elegance of their movement and the careful treatment of their material. The two pieces will be called for between EUR 15.000 and 25.000 each (311,312). Juxtaposed with the adults in this auction is the complete group of 14 toddlers and children designed for the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory between 1904 and 1907 by ceramic artist Konrad Hentschel, who died at the age of 39. The children, immersed in play, captivate one with their naturalness. Two copies of the 'Sitting Child with a Dog Drinking from a Bowl' are offered, the first being a blank of the model (336, EUR 1.500 - 2.500). The second example, in a very early version with colorful overglaze, dated to 1910 by the anniversary mark, can be purchased for EUR 3.500 - 4.500 (337).

The selection is rounded off by sought out metal and silverware. A centerpiece by Ernst Riegel was featured in the magazine "Dekorative Kunst" in 1908. The rich floral decoration of the silver goblet is accented with chrysoprases and is accompanied by a banner: ÜBER ROSEN LAESZT SICH DICHTEN IN DIE AEPFEL MUSS MAN BEISSEN. EUR 6.000 - 7.000 should be kept ready for this rare piece (411). The Art Deco selection again offers a very rare design by the Parisian goldsmith Raymond Templier. With its abstract decoration in lacquer, blue enamel and eggshell chips in the style of the Delaunays, this elegant silver cigarette case has found its place among the icons of Art Deco. Despite a tiny dent, it is certainly worth its estimated price of EUR 25,000 to 35,000.

You can see these and other selected objects in the catalog and on the platforms as well as during our preview on our premises from 9 to 13 November.

As expected, it was the porcelain that attracted particular attention on the second day of the auction.

Among the wonderful collection of the famous 'Hentschel children', the model of the 'Four children looking at a doll' was particularly popular. A Berliner emerged victorious from the bidding battle and can now call the beautiful group his own for EUR 6,000. The cute girl figurines by Paul Helmig were also hotly contested. Their prices rose from EUR 300 to EUR 800 each and will now travel to the USA together. The charming 'Putto with Grapes' as an allegory of autumn by the Austrian Michael Powolny fetched EUR 2,800. Albin Müller's rare mantel clock also met with great interest, with two collectors fighting until one came out on top at EUR 4,000. The two dancers from the 'Jeu de l'Echarpe' confirmed their estimates of EUR 15,000 each and will now become part of a German collection. The highest hammer price was paid for the extremely rare cigarette case by the famous French designer Raymond Templier. Probably because of its fascinating decoration with colored lacquer and eggshell splinters, which was typical of the period, a Briton granted EUR 26,000 for the beautiful object from 1927.