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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Objects "Dorotheum"

Habsburg Court Painter, circa 1550

Portrait of Emperor Frederick III (1415–1493, reigned from 1452 on) in profile, indistinctly signed: Jacob Attg.. (?) and dated 1552 on the reverse, bearing an elaborate monogram on the reverse, oil on panel, 40 x 25 cm, framed We are grateful to Bernd Konrad for his help in cataloguing the present painting. This highly unusual portrait of the aging first Emperor of the House of Habsburg is an interesting rediscovery. Three other paintings are known that depict the Emperor similarly dressed and in profile. A variant, possibly a copy after the present painting, is conserved in Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck (see E. Buchner, Das deutsche Bildnis der Spätgotik und der frühen Dürerzeit, Berlin 1953, p. 121, cat. no. 135a, fig. 2). Buchner attributes the Ambras portrait to the Habsburg Master, an anonymous follower of Michael Pacher active as a court painter in Tyrol in the first half of the sixteenth century, or his studio. The present painting could possibly have originated from the same circle, and the signature on the reverse of the coniferous panel might help identify the anonymous master or one of his pupils. Interestingly, another depiction showing the emperor in profile and wearing the strange pearl-studded cap is integrated into a major work by the elusive Habsburg Master, the Belvedere Adoration fragment (Belvedere, Vienna, figs. 1), whilst the Master of Frankfurt integrated it into an Epiphany (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, see E. Buchner, op. cit., p. 116, fig. 28). The present painting appears to be the most accomplished version and could have originated from the circle of artists such as the Habsburg Master. It is impossible to determine whether it represents the prime model or is the most accomplished record of an early prototype now lost. The complex monogram on the verso of the panel could point to a commission from the imperial household, as it resembles the intellectual riddles that were very fashionable after Emperor Frederick’s long reign. His once mysterious devise ‘AEIOU’ and his own highly elaborate monogram – very close to the one on the back of the present panel – are Frederick’s most famous trademarks associated with a scholarly sphere that followed the humanist ideal of the Renaissance. Frederick was the penultimate emperor to be crowned by the Pope, and the last to be crowned in Rome. He was the first Habsburg emperor and also the first to use Vienna as his residence. He is a rare case of a monarch ceding power deliberately – he resigned three years before his death to pursue his intellectual passions and had ruled jointly with his son for ten years by the time he died. He was the longest-reigning German monarch when in 1493, he was succeeded by his son Maximilian I. During his reign, Friedrich concentrated on re-uniting the Habsburg hereditary lands of Austria and took a lesser interest in imperial affairs. Nevertheless, by his dynastic entitlement to Hungary as well as by the Burgundian inheritance, he laid the foundations for the later Habsburg Empire.Read more

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Realised prices "Dorotheum "

Gustav Feith *
(Vienna 1875–1951) A fir twig and black hellebore, signed, dated and inscribed Gust. Feith Stein 1937, watercolour on paper on board, 36 x 26 cm, framed Dorotheum
Brillant Rubindesignerring
Weißgold 750, Brillanten zus. ca. 1 ct, Rubine zus. ca. 2 ct,28,8 g, RW 56 øg29\n Experte: Günther Fröhlich Dorotheum
Taschenuhr, Gold 585, vergoldetes Ankerwerk, Nummer 3893544, Feinregulierung, vier geschraubte Chatons, Kompensationsunruh, Breguetspirale, Emailzifferblatt, arabische Zahlen, kleine Sekunde, strahlenguillochiertes Savonettegehäuse, Nummer 4477708, um 1912, Durchmesser ca. 51 mm,österr. Einfuhrpunze 1902-1922, 72 g, tlw. fleckig, abgerieben, Service erforderlichøx Dorotheum
Poststück - Albanien Nr. 4 (2) + 5 + 6 zusammen auf Briefkuvert mit Stempeln VLONE/SHQIPENIE/25-7-1913 nach Rabat
rückseitig Durchgangsstempel PARIS und Ankunftsstempel RABAT, Brief hat div. Mgl. (Einriß, Klappe fehlt etc.), sonst Bedarfserhaltung, selten, F\n Experte: Erich Kosicek Dorotheum
Günther Uecker *
(born in Wendorf in 1930) “Schnee” [Snow], embossing, signed by hand, dated Uecker 72, no. 64 from the edition of 100 numbered prints, sheet size 60 x 49.5 cm, good condition, framed, (EW) Dorotheum

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