We are proud to present the catalog to our first auction in early 2020, comprising selected items in the departments jewellery, watches, silver, porcelain, glass, clocks, fine art, furniture, carpets, collectibles, and - as a very special feature - a frivolous collection with a renowned provenance...
When the Berlin-based Beate Uhse Erotic Museum - privatly run by the female entrepreneur Beate Uhse (1919 - 2001) and the most famous public museum of this kind in Germany - had to close down in 2014, an important institution came to an end. You now have the unique opportunity to acquire the former museum exhibits, which are several hundrets of rare and singular erotic items from all over the world, reflecting moral history predominantly of Europe, Asia and Africa.
The jewellery department excites with a wide range of more than 600 fine antique and modern jewels and a collection of single jewel stones offered for attractive starting prices. Exceptional not only for the reserve price of € 210,000 among the 50 wirst and pocket watches is the extremely rare time zone watch including patent and construction plans, based on the legendary ETA Automatic calibre 2893-2 elabore - only 7 watches were constructed, one of them will be exhibited in the Berlin Technikmuseum in March 2020. (Lot 702). Top lots in the silver department is the Russian 8-flame table candelaber presumably by the Moscow maker Lev Fridrikshovitch Oleks (Lot 1454, € 5,000 reserve price) and the interesting Hanau box and cover (Lot 1436, € 2,000 reserve price).
The wide offer of nearly 800 porcelain lots comprises interesting figures such as the Meissen „Malabar and Malabarin“ (Lot 2172, reserve price € 2,800), a collection of 7 Gallé-vases are the highlights among the glass offer (reserve prices € 450 - 1,800).
Highlight among the clocks ist the elaborate 90 cm tall Boulle clock embellished with two angel sculptures (Lot 3258, € 5,000). A thrilling opportunity for sculpture enthusiasts is the rare bronze „Meerweibchen“ [„mermaid“] from 1921 by the renowned German sculptor Georg Kolbe (1877-1947) - it is one of only 7 exemplars.
Once more much is to discover in the collectible department among subjects such as antiquarian books, autographs, decorative arts and crafts, militaria, instruments, and small bronzes: Surely a discovery is the outstanding bronze of the neo-Mamluk ape god, called up for the reserve price of € 1,000 (Lot 4000). Standing out in the fine art department is one of the rarely offered and sought-after watercolors by Friedrich Hoffstadt (1802 - 1846) from 1823 (Lot 7173, reserve price € 2,500). The rare portfolio „The large Glass and related works“ by Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968) including 18 aquatints in two volumes will definetely arise Dada-collectors (Lot 7524, reserve price € 2,500). „Bon noel“ wishes Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902 - 1968) with his charming watercolour painted in 1956 on a greeting card verso signed by Ernst and Elisabeth Nay (Lot 7521, reserve price € 1,500), representing another highlight in the modern and contemporary department.