Ketterer Kunst

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The deep passion for art and a business strategy that combines tradition and innovation have made Ketterer Kunst one of Europe's most renowned auction houses sixty years after the company was founded. What began with a small gallery in Stuttgart in 1954, has been led by today's owner Robert Ketterer, who took over management in 1994, into a new age with his ideas and visions. The specialization on a few auction fields, the early usage of the internet and an expansion of the staff, in order to increase service quality, soon made sure that sales figures reach new heights every year and that an i...Read More
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  • Auction Industry
    Ketterer Kunst announces exhibition and auction: 100 Years of Joseph Beuys

    Joseph Beuys, Wo ist Element 3?, 1984. Uniqe object. 210,5 x 110,2 x 45 cm / 82.8 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches. MUNICH.- It will surely be on of the most significant recent Beuys auctions when in June Ketterer Kunst in Munich will call up more than 20 works by the likewise radical and influential artist. As the interest is already strong, the house is going to show a range of works, some acquired directly from the artist, in the special exhibition “Wo ist Element 3?” at its Berlin branch as of March 26. Consignments are accepted until early May. “Top quality pieces by Joseph Beuys are very rare on the current art market. Thus I am all the more happy that we are able to make this great offer to our clients on occasion of the artist‘s 100th birthday“, says Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst. “Both the exhibition and the auction will move into the focus of scores of art lovers and Beuys experts around the world.“ Creative, complex and controversial - best describes Joseph Beuys. In his creation he examined questions regarding humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy, conceiving the concept of the ”Social Plastic“ in a sense of actively shaping society and politics. Above all, he was one of the most important performance artists ever. The Berlin exhibition at Ketterer Kunst allows deep insight into the artist‘s oeuvre and puts strong focus on Beuys‘ recurring question regarding ‘Element 3‘, which aims at establishing future prospects for man in society and nature. Works on display, of which many have featured in museum exhibitions at the ‘Gropius Bau’, Berlin, the ‘Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen’, Düsseldorf and the ‘Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum’ in Duisburg, show the full range of techniques the exceptional artist employed. In his collages, etchings, drawings, and most of all in his vast range of objects, materials such as gelatin, soil, wax, crystals, wood, marble, as well as various metals are used in addition to objects like suitcases and boxes. Next to his preferred materials felt and rabbit blood, some works also contain fishbones or magnetic waste, which, owing to their…

  • Auction Industry
    Ketterer Kunst to offer works from the Deutsche Bank Collection

    Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Blau bewegt. Oil on canvas, 1957. 115 x 87,5 cm / 45,2 x 34,4.7 inches. Estimate: € 200,000-300,000. MUNICH.- Lovis Corinth, Ernst Wilhelm Nay and Günther Uecker are just a few of the renowned artists from the Collection Deutsche Bank whose works will be called up in the forthcoming Ketterer Kunst auctions. The first lots will already be offered on December 11/12 in the Munich Autumn Auction. “I am very delighted that we are able to assist and advise Deutsche Bank and at the same time have an opportunity to offer our customers an array of works of utmost quality with a perfect provenance,“ states company owner Robert Ketterer. “The bank couldn‘t have chosen a better time. The corona-striken market yearns for quality and provenances of this kind.“ Friedhelm Hütte, head of the Department of Art, Culture and Sports at Deutsche Bank explains: “The aim is to further increase the focus of the Collection Deutsche Bank and to support younger artists with future acquisitions. Together with our partner Ketterer Kunst we are going to place many attractive gems from our collection on the market thus offering art lovers around the globe an excellent opportunity.“ The first session is led by Karl Hofer‘s oil painting “Arbeitslose“ from the artist‘s estate. Made in 1932 the work is a haunting pictorial comment on the political and social situation of those days. The estimate of this work with its impressive exhibition history is at € 300,000-400,000. Ernst Wilhelm Nay‘s museum quality oil painting “Blau bewegt“ dated 1957 will enter the race with an estimate of € 200,000-300,000. The work in particularly harmonious colors is part of the acclaimed series of the “Scheibenbilder“ (Disc Pictures) and has a significant provenance with almost 40 years in the Collection Deutsche Bank. An untitled work by the ZERO protagonist Otto Piene is part of the important series of the “Rasterbilder“ (Grid Pictures). The acrylic work was made in 1959, the year of what probably was the most important ZERO exhibition ever “Vision in Motion – Motion in Vision“, it is estimated at € 150,000-200,000. With € 100,000-150,000 each,…

  • Auction Industry
    Ketterer Kunst announces highlights included in the Autumn Auctions

    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Unser Haus, 1918-1922. Oil on canvas, 91 x 120 cm / 35.8 x 47.4 inches. Estimate: € 500,000-700,000 / US$ 550,000-770,000. MUNICH.- It is a great document of a successful artistic transition: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner‘s oil painting “Unser Haus“ comes directly from the artist‘s estate. For the first time ever on the auction market, it will now be called up in the Autumn Auctions at Ketterer Kunst on December 11/12. The interesting question is if it is going to break the million euro line. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner lived in the Grisons farmstead just below the Stafelalp together with his spouse Erna Schilling. “Unser Haus“, also known as the “Haus in den Lärchen“, is one of the earliest works from his Davos days and illustrates the incipient stylistic transition from the “Metropolitan Expressionism“ of his time in Dresden and Berlin to more simplified rural motifs. The colorful work makes the artist‘s deeply felt content and an increasing assertiveness in a life both eventful and fragile almost tangible. It will enter the race with an estimate of € 500,000-700,000. Another remarkable artistic transition happened in autumn 1908 when Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin congregated in Murnau after longer stays abroad. An impressionistic and late impressionistic style was replaced by a radical turn to a synthetic, expressive color painting. It was during this artistically significant time that Gabriele Münter‘s “Haus mit Schneebäumen in Kochel“ was made. The oil painting shows a view of the town Kochel, a very rare motif in Münter‘s œuvre. It comes from the artist‘s estate and boasts a consistent provenance. It is estimated at € 200,000-300,000. Next to Heinz Mack‘s “Lichtfächer“ (estimate: € 120,000-150,000) and Otto Piene‘s “Auge“ (estimate: € 80,000-120,000) in the section of Post War Art, as well as Adrian Ghenie‘s self-portrait (estimate: € 50,000-70,000) from the department of Contemporary Art, fascinating artists ljke Willi Baumeister, Gotthard Graubner, Konrad Klapheck, Paul Klee, Walter Leistikow, Max Liebermann, Jeanne Mammen, Emil Nolde, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and Alfons Walde also make their contributions.

  • Auction Industry
    Ketterer Kunst announces highlights included in its Rare Books Auction

    More than 300 original watercolors by Pieter Joseph de Pannemaeker for “Originaux de publications d´horticulture et d‘arboriculture“ come from the ownership of Comte de Kerchove de Denterghem. The works which the Belgian painter and lithographer made between 1878-1887 served as models for color plates released in various magazines on plants, flowers and fruits. The unique work with its bright illustrations will be called up with an estimate of € 20,000. HAMBURG.- It comes in a handy size and with decorative lettering, but if you want to read from the rare 12th century bible manuscript as people used to in the past, knowing Latin would be helpful. The important contemporary document is part of the Rare Books Auction of Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on November 23. The unusual hand-size format of the Biblia Latina makes it an extremely rare forerunner of French 13th century pocket bibles. The elegant document of the transition from Latin to Gothic script with elaborate initials in typical 12th century manner was most likely made at a Cistercian monastery and was presumably used for reading out. It is now estimated at a moderate price of € 20,000. SEMINAL: The same estimate has been tagged to “Distinctiones sacrae scripturae“ by Mauritius Hibernicus. The Latin manuscript from around 1300 features explanations of biblical terms in alphabetical order from the Franciscan monk and used to be an important handbook for medieval preachers. The fine and well-preserved manuscript in Gothic textualis contains numerous red and blue Lombardic capitals. TRANSFORMING: The rare Latin manuscript of the “Metamorphoses“ by Publius Ovidius Naso in an elegant Gothic-humanistic manuscript with decorative initials in colors was made in 1462 and features end-to-end interlinear glosses, which served the 15th century reader in understanding. It is estimated at € 10,000. MONUMENTAL: This copy of Marcus Elieser Bloch‘s comprehensive natural history of fish is of utmost rarity. The 18th century‘s ichthyologic main work shows impressive depictions of fish in splendid old coloring that is partly silver- or egg-white heightened. It carries an estimate of € 40,000. ARCTIC: With Jan Huygen van Linschoten‘s “Voyasie, ofte Schip-vaert“ from the year 1624 a very rare…

  • Auction Result
    Ketterer Kunst Rare Books Auction in Hamburg achieves over € 1.8 million

    An upgraded range of offers in the Online Only Auction accompanying the saleroom auction was also met with great approval. HAMBURG.- Grossing total proceeds of over € 1.8 million, the Rare Books auction at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on July 6 and 8, 2020 did not only realize an excellent result but also saw more than 40 lots with five figure prices. “That‘s almost twice as many as usual“, says company owner Robert Ketterer. In addition, an upgraded range of offers in the Online Only Auction accompanying the saleroom auction was also met with great approval. The star of the evening sale was Thomas Robert Malthus. Georg Braun‘s and Franz Hogenberg‘s ”Civitates orbis terrarum” (lot 16) was particularly sought-after among German collectors. In the end, however, a Hungarian online bidder stood his grounds against two opponents on the phone and let the price for the most accomplished of all town books soar to € 68,750. An English trader honored Gustav Klimt‘s “Das Werk“, the only monograph released during the artist‘s lifetime (lot 75), with a threefold of the calling price of € 19,000. With a result of € 65,000 he relegated several competitors from Germany and the U. S. to places second and beyond. Global interest was sparked among far more than a dozen active bidders when the first German edition of Hartmann Schedel‘s “Liber chronicarum“ (lot 7), one of the most richly illustrated incunabula of all, was called up. The product of the largest book enterprise of its days was particularly popular with bidders from Germany, but book lovers from the rest of Europe, especially from Italy, Austria and Switzerland, as well as from the U. S., also entered in the race. Eventually a French trader on the phone succeded with a result of € 58,750 while a generous absentee bid placed by an American made second place only. The Evening Sale kicked off with a “Latin Book of Hours“ (lot 1) which an Italian trader heavily defended over the phone against a colleague from England and a German book lover, as well as a good number of commissions and several internet…

  • Auction Industry
    Ketterer Kunst announces auction of rarebooks, manuscripts, autographs

    Thomas Robert Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, London, J. Johnson 1798. Estimate: € 60,000. HAMBURG.- At the moment the exponential curve is on the tip of everyone‘s tongue. However, Thomas Robert Malthus explained this important principle in his acclaimed essay on the growth of population as early as in the 18th century. This milestone in modern economics is just one of many sought-after object in the Rare Books Auction. The exponential growth in anticipation of the sale had been prolonged, as the current COVID-19 situation required a six week delay of the auction date. The auction has now been scheduled for July 6. The sale will be held in due consideration of all required distancing and protection measures. Consignments will be accepted until mid May. INFLUENTIAL: The very rare edition of the important classic “An essay on the principle of population, as it affects the future improvement of society“ by Thomas Robert Malthus is the first factually justified treatise on population growth and its social and economic consequences. The first work to seriously caution against the perils of an exponential growth had great impact on later thinkers like Charles Darwin, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx. It will be called up with an estimate price of € 60,000. GLOBAL: The same estimate of € 60,000 is tagged to “Civitates orbis terrrarum und Urbium praecipuarum“. The lavishly made six volume strong work by the theologian and publisher Georg Braun can be considered a fascinating addition to the famous world atlas “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum“ by the Dutchman Abraham Ortelius. Together with the engraver Frans Hogenberg, who had made various maps by Abraham Ortelius in earlier projects, he realized more than 600 true-to-life city views and maps on a total of around 1,600 pages between 1572 and 1618. They show views of all large and then relevant cities in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. ILLUMINATED: With the Latin Book of Hours for the use of Troyes, made in France around 1480, a complete and richly illuminated Livre d‘Heures from the Champagne region will be called up. The fine borders are teeming…