Kunst-Auktionshaus WENDL, Rudolstadt in Thüringen


103rd | Summer Auction
23rd to 25th June 2022

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"A beautiful watch tells the time, a beautiful woman makes you forget it." With this thought, the French actor and chanson singer Maurice Chevalier (1888 - 1972) shaped his image as a charmer and lover. The fact that a beautiful watch can equally console over how time slips away is not foreign to collectors' hearts, who can experience at the upcoming WENDL summer auction the sale of a first-class watch collection.

One of the highlights of this precious collection of around 120 wristwatches and pocket watches is a Grande Complication wristwatch with automatic movement and perpetual calendar by PATEK PHILIPPE, crafted in 18-carat gold case (limit: 30,000 euros). The Grandes Complications watches with their elaborate mechanisms are a specialty of the Swiss brand manufacturer, which has excelled in the highest art of watchmaking since its beginnings in 1839 and continuously develops the most sophisticated techniques. Traditional elements and innovative design with a decentralized dial and large date are also represented by the exclusive Lange 1 Platinum wristwatch with double barrel from the Saxon manufacturer A. LANGE & SÖHNE (limit: 8,000 euros). It belongs to the first generation of the Lange 1 watch family, which was developed after the refoundation of the manufactory in the early 1990s. CHRONOSWISS redefines functionality and wearing comfort with its Grand Régulateur Convertible, a gold pocket watch (No. 16), produced in a limited edition of 300 pieces, that can also be worn as a wristwatch (limit: 2,500 euros). The set of 3 limited edition wristwatches from the Portuguese collection by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN for the 125th anniversary of the manufatory offers watch lovers a refined selection in platinum, gold and stainless steel - depending on taste and matching gown - united in an original box with a combination lock (limit: 5,000 euros). Among the approximately 50 watch manufacturers represented in the collection are also brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Longines, Vacheron & Constantin, Rolex, Glashütte Original, Uhrenfabrik Union Glashütte, Omega, Maurice Lacroix, Corum, Andreas Huber, Blancpain, Svend Andersen, Zenith and many more.

One can also lose oneself in time within the Paintings category, which offers an excellent selection of various pictorial themes and early Old Master works to contemporary works with almost 800 items. From the circle of the Flemish painter Joos van Cleve (1485 - 1540) comes the classic Renaissance painting of the nursing Mother of God "Maria lactans" (limit: 3,900 euros). A "Still Life with Poultry" in Baroque style gives an idea of how people dined in the 17th century (limit: 950 euros). Wilhelm Hempfing's (1886 - 1948) "Bathing Women at the Waterfall" seductively makes us forget time, in the spirit of the Maurice Chevalier quoted at the beginning (limit: 900 euros).

The Books category provides the appropriate reading material. Roger de Pile's "History and Life of the Most Famous European Mahlers" (c. 1710) has 756 pages and was already a popular reference work in the days of the High Baroque (limit: 240 euros). The Jewellery category is also brilliant and timeless, with a classic, yellow-gold Italian bracelet from the 1960s/70s (limit: 6,000 euros). Those who want to create their own jewellery can check the collections of unmounted stones with sapphires, emeralds, tourmalines, topazes and rubies (limit: 900 euros, among others). Small treasures can be stored in the lavishly crafted Neuchâtel gold box with enamel decoration and diamond trim in the Miniatures section (limit: 3,000 euros).


In the Modern Works on Paper section, various works by the experimental artist Otto Piene (1928 - 2014) are represented. He was a co-founder of the artist group ZERO and developed a new conception of traditional art forms with his smoke and fire pictures, his light rooms and light ballets as well as the Sky Art events. 2 colour silkscreens from the series "Addis Ababa" as well as the limited-edition work "Inventar", a portfolio of poems by Rose Ausländer (1901 - 1988) and 3 hand-signed colour silkscreens by Otto Piene, are each offered with a limit of 1,200 euros. "The Departure of the Argonaut" is a very rare, complete artist's work with 49 original lithographs by the Italian American artist Francesco Clemente (*1952) on the literary work "La partenza dell'argonauta", a war diary by Alberto Savinio (1891 - 1952). From November 1986 to February 1987, the work was presented in the special exhibition of the same name at the MoMA in New York City (limit: 2,800 euros). Reinhold Boeltzig (1863 - 1941) created the "Lovers at the Spring" in bronze, which measures 150 cm in height with its accompanying column (limit: 1,500 euros) and is found in the Sculpture category. Over 100 dolls, including an enchanting little Biedermeier doll's house doll (limit: 150 euros), are patiently waiting for a new home, along with an interesting turkey made of tin (limit: 180 euros) in the Toys & Dolls section.


No less than 3 extraordinarily large porcelain picture plates from the KPM Berlin and Vienna manufactories impress with different subjects in the popular Porcelain category. The largest porcelain painting with the extraordinary dimensions of 60 x 50 cm shows the 12-year-old Jesus among the scribes in the temple, after a painting by Heinrich Ferdinand Hofmann (1824 - 1911, limit: 3,600 €). Particularly decorative are the 30 figures from the Meissen manufactory, which come from a large private collection and are mainly taken from the Commedia dell'arte theme (limit: up to € 400). With its rare pine décor, the 57-piece dinner service from the Thuringian manufactory Burgau brings charming Art Nouveau ornaments to the table (limit: 1,500 euros). From the estate of Princess Anna Luise of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1871 - 1951) comes an extensive Meissen dinner service with the Schwarzburg coat of arms (limit: 2,600 euros) as well as a portrait of the princess (limit: 240 euros). With a starting price of 1,200 euros, a Meissen chocolate pot from around 1740/45 with the finest Watteau painting and gilded mountings invites one to taste the baroque luxury drink in style. Extravagant is an elegant ice cream cart in baroque design (limit: 950 euros), which is up for auction in the Silver category alongside other splendid pieces.

We are pleased to be able to offer you a total of 3,500 carefully selected lots for the next auction. Enjoy the classy ambience from 18th June for a preview in our house, daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and go on a voyage of discovery through our lovingly furnished showrooms! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our objects.

Let us surprise you or take a look in advance at our online catalogue.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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