Lempertz is one of the leading auction houses in Europe and the eldest in family posession. The history of the company reaches back to 1798, when Johann Matthias Heberle established the „Antiquargeschäft mit Auktionsanstalt (Antiquarian Book Shop including Auctions)" that held important auctions of rare books and art works. After the death of the founder in 1840, his employee Heinrich Lempertz, at that time 24 years old, took over the company that was than renamed „J. M. Heberle (H. Lempertz)“ On 5 September 1844, the administration of the City of Cologne granted the concession to establish a branch in Bonn that was managed by Mathias Lempertz, brother of Heinrich Lempertz. On 18 November 1844, the first Lempertz auction was held in Bonn. From April 1845 Lempertz resided in a house in Fürstenstrasse 2 in which the widow of Friedrich Schiller had died in 1826. The auction of the important library of August Wilhelm Schlegel in 1845 established the company´s reputation, followed by the auction of the estates of E. M. Arndt (1860) and B. Hundshagen (1867) with a manuscript of the Nibelungen from the early 15th Century that was acquired by the Royal Library in Berlin. In 1875 Peter Hanstein, an employee of Mathias Lemperz, buys the respected firm and gradually moves the auction business to Cologne. In 1918 the building at Neumarkt is purchased. The classicist building is destroyed by bombs in 1943, like most of Cologne’s inner city. After the monetary reform Lempertz succeeds once more in establishing itself as the leading German art and auction house. A visible sign of this is the building at Neumarkt, completed in 1952, listed today in the Register of Historic Buildings. The Roman-Germanic Museum and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum organize their first exhibitions here between 1953-1957. In 1965 the Gallery Lempertz Contempora is founded, an exhibition forum for contemporary art. In 1984 Lempertz complements its range by buying into the antique book store Venator. The name is changed to Venator & Hanstein. Since the beginning of 2000, Kunsthaus Lempertz is the only German auction house to be part of the renowned International Auctioneers group (IA), a group that unites eight independent leading auction houses from eight countries.
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According to tradition, the work is said to depict Wichard Joachim Heinrich von Möllendorff (1724-1816). The assumed subject enjoyed a brilliant career in the military under Frederick II and his two successors, culminating in his appointment to general field marshall in 1793, after being governor of Berlin since 1782.Read more
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Monogrammed upper right and lower right: P.V.B. The present pair of attractive images display particular similarity to two small panels sold by Sotheby's Amsterdam in 2004 (7. - 8.9.2004, lot 1225). There, they were attributed to Dirck van Bergen, but were then recognised as works of Pieter van Bloemen by Marijke de Kinkelder of the RKD in The Hague. They are also close in style to a further small-format work by Bloemen in the Nationalmuseum Stockholm (inv. no. NM 335).Read more
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- A Market Scene by a Dutch Harbour
- Hans Herrmann owes most of his success as an artist to his Dutch landscapes, whose charm is evoked by the blending of realistic market and harbour details with the skilled use of impressionist effects. He already visited the Netherlands during his time as a student of Dücker in Düsseldorf. This depiction is presumably an early work, painted before his move to Berlin in 1886. Lempertz
- Kawamura Bunpô (1779-1821)
- 24 double page illustrations in black and white with some colouring from the album Bunpô gafu that was published in 1807. Sketches of flowers, birds, landscapes, scenes from daily life and deities. Unsigned. (24) Very good impressions, colours still good, traces of usage, laid down at corners. Lempertz
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