Auction 171C

Figurative Ceramics.
Mythological Beauties. A Private Collection.

15. November 2023 at 5:00 PM CEST

The second auction on Wednesday will be dominated by the passion of a collector to porcelain and ceramic figurines.

"Old" Meissen figures in partly antique posture bump up against the lively moving dancers of the twenties and thirties. Christian Gottfried Jüchtzer's 'Hope' from 1781/82, leant against her symbolic anchor, is waiting longingly for her beloved. Executed before 1924 with minor restoration, the figurine should fetch between EUR 1,500 and 2,000 (507). Paul Philippe's large 'Dancer in Peacock Costume', on the other hand, waits for no one! Self-confident, the lady from 1924/25 presents her scantily clad body, the peacock wheel proudly spread out behind her. The extremely rare figure is estimated quite moderately at EUR 3.000 - 5.000 (575). The figural group of allegories of the elements by Mathilde Jaksch should also meet with great interest. 'Fire', 'Earth', 'Water' and 'Air', circa 1925 for the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory are very reasonably priced at EUR 300 - 500 each (474-477). 'Europe on the Bull' by Albert Hinrich Hussmann should also find interested buyers at an estimate of EUR 5.000 to 7.000 (617). Lovers of enameled objects should also find something in the twelve-item selection.

Once again, we were able to offer exceptional pieces from a top-class, almost inexhaustible, collection of porcelain and ceramics.

The works of the Friedrich Goldscheider manufactories in Vienna and the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Meissen once again dominated the selection and were eagerly bid on.

The classical works of the Meissen porcelain manufactory in particular triggered heated bidding battles and were almost entirely sold to new collections. The highest result here was achieved by the depiction of the 'Rape of Youth' by Max Rosmann after a model by Italian sculptor Pietro Balestra, for which a collector paid EUR 3,400. The fiercest battle, however, was triggered by one of the rare 'Dancers in a Butterfly Costume' by Josef Lorenzl. The elegant figure was bid up by several clients online and on the telephone from a reasonable EUR 800 to EUR 3,000. However, the highest price was paid for a large 'Dancer in a Peacock Costume' by Paul Philippe, 1924/25. The proud female figure, adorned only with a peacock wheel, was worth EUR 4,600 to a Czech collector.