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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Schiele x Matisse / Maria Lassnig x Martin Kippenberger
Check out four giants of art up for sale in Vienna.
The search for the human form: Lo Spadino
At this year's TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, paintings and sculptures spanning hundreds of years depicted how artists have strived to capture the ever-shifting nature of the human form, a challenge contemporary artists continue to wrestle.
520 artworks, 5 auctions, 3 days: Contemporary Art week at Dorotheum
520 artworks, 5 auctions in 3 days. Check out our highlights coming up for sale at 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.

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Schreib- bzw. Toilettetischchen im Louis XVI. Stil
19. Jh., Eichenholz mit Rosenholz und Amaranth furniert sowie marketiert, 3 Laden, aufklappbare Platte mit Inneneinrichtung, frontseitig zum Teil in Scheinladenausführung, Bronzebeschläge, 75 x 56 x 35 cm, restauriert, Teile ergänzt. (MIN)\n Experte: Günther Minichreiter Dorotheum
bestehend aus: 1 Collier, zweireihig, Länge 42 cm, 1 Armspange, mit Sicherheitskette, 1 Brosche, jeweils mit Metallmontierungen, Arbeit 1. Drittel 20. Jahrhundert, Gesamtgewicht 103,8 g\n Expertin: Sabine Höller Dorotheum
Gold Rosegold 585, best. aus: Ring, RW 57, Collier, 5 Anhänger, Länge ca. 48 cm, 63,4 g, øg50 Specialist: Alessandra Thornton Dorotheum
Max Slevogt
(Landshut 1868–1932 Neukastel)Crouching Somali, signed, dated Slevogt 12, oil on canvas, 47 x 32 cm, framed Letter of confirmation (copy) Prof. Dr. Paul Ortwin Rave, Berlin, Museum Berlin Dahlem, 8.1.1949 “Vielleicht ist es identisch mit dem unter Nr. 98 in dem Katalog der Slevogt- Ausstellung der Akademie in Berlin (1928) angeführten “Kauernden Somali-Neger” von 1912, obwohl die Masse 32:47 vertauscht sind” “Perhaps it is identical with “Kauernder Somali-Neger” 1912, no. 98 in the catalogue of the Slevogt exhibition in the Kunstakademie in Berlin (1928), although the dimensions are inverted 32:47.” Private Collection, Switzerland “Slevogt prioritises gymnastic, artistic, exotic elements, dance, racing, the carnal mysticism of an oriental night, the slenderness of a Negro figure …. Slevogt’s art strives towards being more than just purely optical: it is optical novelism in the most elegant sense of the term. This holds true even when it seemingly limits itself to shaping a human likeness. Slevogt’s portraits themselves reveal what separates him from Liebermann: the expressionistic urge and the temperament of psychological revelation in which he permits space, air, clothing, bodily movements and facial expressions to take part equally. From time to time, there is even the impression that an assortment of these secondary attractions forms the main focus of the image for Slevogt.” Max Slevogt – Berlin in: Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, Darmstadt 1915, vol. 36, p. 416f “Der Sieger” [The Victor] (Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf) was painted by Max Slevogt in 1912. Numerous preparatory drawings, sketches and oil studies were created for the work in March of the same year. His model was Hassanó: a dark-skinned, very slender and tall man from Somalia. In addition to the half-length portrait, which is also currently in Museum Kunstpalast, Max Slevogt also painted seven movement studies in oil. These three works form part of these studies. Max Slevogt captured the movement and motion of Hassanó, a Somalian, in these three different body studies by applying relatively broad brushstrokes to the canvas in a deliberate manner. The painting of the Somalian crouching in front of the fire is particularly striking. Despite its extremely reduced form and colour, it is painted in a fascinating manner, depicting the man deep in thought, crouching in front of the vividly rendered fire. Max Slevogt deliberately places delicate hints of dark blue in shaded areas, and adds touches of powerful red and white to the body of the crouching man, whose dark, shiny skin reflects the fire. The study which features tall, slender Hassanó leaning on a spear can be seen as a direct model for the “Victor”: the man looks straight forward, and rests his gaze on the viewer with great self-confidence. Max Slevogt based this painting study on descriptions of the East African Nuer peoples, whose striking, relaxing pose was often described. The dancing Somalian again represents Slevogt’s intention to exemplify his expressionistic urge with the aid of his figures, and to fill the entire space of the image with the movements, gestures and expressions of the human body. The light depicted as coming from the left-hand side of the image refracts into bright flecks on the dark skin of the dancer, who appears ecstatic and poised in his movements. In his oil studies, Max Slevogt varies Hassanó’s movements in many ways, and approaches his model from a wide range of perspectives. Some of the studies are very detailed, and allow Max Slevogt to capture the entirety of his work with seemingly fleeting, and yet highly decisive brushstrokes, which underline the force of expression in these three pieces in a unique way. Dorotheum
Weißgold 585, Brillanten zusammen ca. 1,70 ct, RW 53, handgefertigt, 5,5 g øG5\n Expertin: Sabine Höller Dorotheum

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