The firm was founded in 1707 by Emperor Joseph I and, with its history of more than 300 years, it is the oldest of the great auction houses of the world.

One of Vienna’s best-known institutions, the Dorotheum can be said to embody a part of Austrian history. Eighty years after its foundation as a pawnshop, the "Versatz- und Fragamt zu Wien", it moved into the premises of the former Dorothea Convent, whose name it still bears. The magnificent palace – the Palais Dorotheum, which eventually supplanted the old convent in the Dorotheergasse, was completed in 1901. The famous Ringstrasse architect Emil Ritter von Förster had supplied the designs for the new building in the Neo-Baroque style. The opening ceremony was attended by none less than Emperor Francis Joseph himself. Even then, the facilities met all the requirements of a major auction house in a truly excellent fashion; the spacious showrooms and salons became a favourite meeting place for the high society. Today the Palace continues to provide the perfect setting and an attractive ambience for the Dorotheum’s major international auctions.

Since autumn 2001, the Dorotheum has had private owners, who continue to conduct business with a great deal of personal commitment and a lot of enthusiasm for art.

It is the goal of the management to further expand Vienna as an auction venue and at the same time preserve the charm of this traditional institution. With an intensified client service, a young image, and the expansion of its excellent international contacts, the Dorotheum intends to preserve and further develop its interesting profile for art lovers and collectors. Key initiatives are being taken especially in the fields of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Blog posts about "Dorotheum"

A right royal sale
From 25th to 27th April, Old Masters, antiques, jewellery and 19th century paintings will all be going under the hammer at Dorotheum. Such a prestigious sale deserves a royal entrance, so first stop, Austria.
Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Marc Chagall and more at auction
Check out our top picks from Dorotheum's sale this month.
Soon turned out had an art of glass
From 18th to 20th October, the Austrian house Dorotheum will hold four auctions: from Old masters through to19th century and jewellery. The fifth sale, which will be held on 20th October in Prague, caught our eye. The sale is entirely dedicated to art and glass sculptures, a contemporary art movement that remains widely unknown to the general public.
Barnebys curates: Fontana, Botero, Wesselmann and Richter
On 31st May, Fauvist, Cubist and Symbolist works from the first half of the 20th century will be going under the gavel in Vienna at Dorotheum. 
Outstanding Old Master works hit auction market
One April auction that here at Barnebys we are eager to see is the Old Master sale at Austria's Dorotheum, which includes works by Luca Giordano, Huybrecht Bueckeleers, Andrea Vaccaro, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Johann Georg Platzer, Hendrik van Balen and Jacopo de Sellaios.

Realised prices "Dorotheum "

Brillantring zus. 0,52 ct
Gold 585, 5 g, RW 51øg5\n Expertin: Alessandra Thornton Dorotheum
Josef Fischnaller *
(Pfeffersberg/Südtirol 1927- 2006 Linz) "Blumenstrauß in Vase", links unten signiert und datiert Josef Fischnaller 1967, Gouache/Aquarell auf Papier, ca. 64 x 47 cm, Passepartout, verglast, gerahmt, Rahmen etwas beschädigt(CW) Ruf 300\n Experte: Christian Wiesinger Dorotheum
Gold 585, Länge ca. 21,5 cm, Karabinerverschluss, 53,5 g øG54\n Expertin: Marianne Maier Dorotheum
Hinterglasbild Sandl um 1900
"Herz Jesu", ca. 41 x 32 cm, kleine Farbfehlstellen, schwarz mattierter Rippleistenrahmen, Rahmen etwas beschädigt (CW) Ruf 360 (41)\n Experte: Christian Wiesinger Dorotheum
Gold 585, Aquamarin, Citrin, Steckschließe, Sicherheitsverschluss, 13,5 gøg14\n Experte: Michael Kittenberger Dorotheum

Find address and telephone number to Dorotheum

1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 17
Tel. +43-1-515 60-0
Fax +43-1-515 60-443
15 Stratton Street
UK-W1J 8LQ London
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3036 0027
Fax: -
Ovocny trh 580/2
CZ-11000 Prague
Phone: +420-2-24 22 20 01
Fax: +420-2-24 22 20 11
13, rue aux Laines
B-1000 Brussels
Phone: +32-2-514 00 34
Fax: +32-2-514 59 00
Palazzo Amman, Via Boito, 8
I-20121 Milan
Phone: +39-02-303 52 41
Fax: +39-02-304 101 20
Piazza SS. Apostoli, 66
I-00187 Rome
Phone: +39-06-699 23 671
Fax: +39-06-699 22 252
Südstraße 5
D-40213 Dusseldorf
Phone: +49-211-210 77 47 / +49-172-566 60 20
Fax: +49-211-210 77 48
Galeriestraße 2
D-80539 Munich
Phone: +49-89-244 434 73 0
Fax: +49-89-244 434 73 1