The first auction of Klaus J. Jacobs' collection at Lempertz sold for almost three times the high estimate. The painting of the Friesische Familie drinking coffee, painted by the German painter Carl Ludwig Jessen achieved the highest price ever paid for the artist's work at auction.

blog.php-145 GEORGES BRAQUE (1882 Argenteuil - 1963 Paris) - Le moulin à café, signed, 1942

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The Modern Art auction taking place on 1st December will feature Le Moulin à café by Georges Braque. The still life, painted with oil paint and accentuated with sand, is part of the late creative period of the artist, who painted it whilst he was in France in 1942 during the German occupation. The title refers to the coffee grinder, but focuses on the fish and the onion and their relationship to each other.

GEORGE GROSZ (1893 Berlin 1959) - Kaffeehaus Ober zwei kleine Pils, signed and dated 1915 GEORGE GROSZ (1893 Berlin 1959) - Kaffeehaus Ober zwei kleine Pils, signed and dated 1915

At the same time as Braque's piece was painted, the Swiss artist Varlin created this piece entitled Brasserie Viennois. Varlin, who studied in Berlin and Paris and lived in the French capital from 1923 to 1935, depicts the employees of the café almost as if they are on stage, looking down at the ''audience'' of coffee drinkers.

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Left: LESSER URY (1861 Birnbaum - 1931 Berlin) - In the Café Bauer, Berlin, oil / canvas, signed, 1888/89
Right: VARLIN (1900 Zurich - 1977 Bondo) - Brasserie Viennois, oil / cardboard, signed, 1942/43

George Grosz and Lesser Ury whisk us away to the Berlin coffee house scene with these two works. Grosz' Kaffeehaus Ober zwei kleine Pils from arguably the artist's best creative period is a typical study of the artist's late oeuvre in the late Wilhelmine and early-republican era of Berlin.

In Lesser Ury's Café Bauer, Berlin, 1888/89, the artist portrays the famous cafe that was opened in 1877, fast became a popular meeting place in the capital of the German Empire. In the painting, a man sits reading a newspaper in the foreground. Reading newspapers was - besides drinking coffee - a favoured past time at Café Bauer, the restaurant offered a wide selection of international newspapers and also electric light, which was still a rarity back then. Light plays an important role in Ury's work, which is expressed in the skilfully painted reflections of light and shadow on the floor in front of the open patio door.

In addition to the works from the Klaus J. Jacobs collection, works by Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein, Lovis Corinth, Ernst Wilhelm Nay and others will also be featured.

HEINRICH KÜHN (1866 Dresden - 1944 Birgitz) - Meadow in Birgitz (Hans and Mary sitting), oil on reverse / Japanese paper, signed, around 1915 HEINRICH KÜHN (1866 Dresden - 1944 Birgitz) - Meadow in Birgitz (Hans and Mary sitting), oil on reverse / Japanese paper, signed, around 1915

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HEINRICH KÜHN (1866 Dresden - 1944 Birgitz)
Left: Miss Mary, platinum rubber print / Japanese paper / laid paper, signed, 1908
Right: Old Dutchwoman, combination rubber print / box, signed, around 1901

Also on 1st December, there will be two auctions of photography. Photo artist Heinrich Kühn was a pioneer of art photography at the beginning of the 20th century, inspired by his previous Impressionism work. He achieved the painted effect of his pictures exclusively through photographic means.

GERHARD RICHTER (* 1932 Dresden) - Teyde landscape (sketch), oil / canvas, titled, signed and dated, 1971 GERHARD RICHTER (* 1932 Dresden) - Teyde landscape (sketch), oil / canvas, titled, signed and dated, 1971

Like a photograph, Gerhard Richter's Teyde Landschaft from 1971, is part of the auctions taking place on 2nd December. For this work, Richter used a photograph taken during his stay in Tenerife in 1969 by Pico del Teide.

The Contemporary Art auction will also include works by Otto Piene, Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, Josef Albers, Andy Warhol and William Nelson Copley.

In addition, an auction of Asian art will take place on 8th December at Lempertz, which features 960 lots including paintings, porcelain, furniture, snuff bottles and cabaret.

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