With Willem I van de Velde’s grisaille-work ”Englische Kriegsschiffe“ (English Warships) a masterpiece of marine painting will be called up at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on 27 October.
”This means that a painting by the presumably most renowned 17th century marine painter will be offered on the German auction market for the first time*”, said company owner Robert Ketterer.
Besides the work’s rareness - similar works can be found in the Louvre in Paris and in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - it is particularly the grisaille technique, which van de Velde executed with great poise, that makes it so exceptional. Taking the graphic details into account, he attained a high level of plasticity and depth effect by means of subtle hatchures and a soft wash. The estimate for the work from the 1680s is at € 70.000-90.000.
Besides Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot's 1622 work “Ansicht eines winterlichen Dorfes mit dem Festzug des St. Valentin“ (estimate: € 30.000-40.000), other exciting lots that will be called up in the section of Old Masters are Johann Friedrich Gruber's oil painting “Prunkstillleben mit Hummer, Singvögeln und Pokalen“ (estimate: € 15.000-20.000) and Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen's “Blumenstillleben in einer Bronzevase“ (estimate: € 14.000-18.000) - as well as works by Albrecht Dürer, Bernardo Bellotto, called Canaletto, Hendrik Goltzius, Jan van Huchtenburgh, and Adriaen van Ostade.
The section of Art of the 19th Century is led by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld's oil painting “Die Heimkehr des verlorenen Sohnes“ from 1838. Following the principles of the “Nazarenes“, it shows the well-known scene of a biblical parable with a highly emotional character. The estimate is at € 70.000-90.000.
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