Before it even comes to a Auction , for us as an auction house the work consists of customers to advise and works , which are offered to us, to examine, to estimate and at the end to the highest bidder sell.
Here, a large part of the work falls to the consultation, often customers (consignors) want to know more about the object and of course also the value. Hides behind the attic find a known artist? how much is the old furniture worth? Which price can be achieved for an inherited piece of jewelry? To bring light into this darkness is one of our core tasks and an essential aspect, which make up the charm of the auction business. So also in this case, in the estate of a former library director we discovered a small sensation.
Oil painting - Lot from Jawlensky
Behind some works more or less known artist, hid a small-format oil painting with the title 'Meditation'. It quickly became clear it that it was a object by the German-Russian painter Lot von Jawlensky.
Jawlensky, born in St. Petersburg, was a founding member of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München and was thus close to the world-famous Blauer Reiter group of artists. His color palette consists of rich bright colors and an unmistakable striking brushstroke with dark outlines, which always remained attached to the figurative. But over the years he moved beyond the features of the human face to abstraction. The series of works 'Meditation' also includes our present object, dated 1936, how that face on Goldgrund which can be seen in the Museum Lenbachhaus Munich.
After a first inspection and assessment, the way led us to the Switzerland in Muralto to have the authenticity of the work confirmed by the Jawlensky-Archive. After successful confirmation and inclusion in the artist's catalog raisonné, now began the other essential part of our work, the preparation for the Auction.
Preparation for the Auction
If a object, so how this of Jawlensky, for a Auction comes into question, various threads run together in our auction house. The work is described in detail, for high quality print and online catalogs photographed, the limit price is set and through various channels is made aware of the international art market. So can be guaranteed to a large extent for the artwork to find the best buyer.
On 26. November Lot 35, 'Meditation' by Lot from Jawlensky, was called with a starting price of € 35,000, it followed a bidding battle for minutes in the hall, on the phones and on the online consoles. Finally, a well-known royal received the Result, the hammer fell at € 76,000, € 95,000 (inc. buyers premium).
So our "attic find" finally ended in a noble house, with an for the seller excellent result.
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