Auction 61
Press Release
Auction: April 28 – May 12, 2011
 

 

Successful spring sale under the sign of dragons and double-headed eagles

Excellent results were achieved in all segments of Hermann Historica, the auction house specialised in militaria and international historical collectibles. As in previous sales, the trend towards objects of Chinese and Russian origin remained unbroken.

Munich, 23 May 2011 – Many clients and collectors showed great interest in the pre-sale viewing preceding the spring sale, a good sign for the 61st auction of the renowned Munich auction house, but between 28 April and 12 May, the top hammer prices exceeded all previous expectations. Approximately 7,700 objects – antiques, ancient arms and armour, arts and crafts, hunting collectibles as well as medals and militaria – were offered for bidding.


China
Lot 3066 is a striking example for the fact that vivid interest is not only reflected in casual requests, but also in concrete pre-bids. On the fourth day of the sale, the 24 cm tall and 492 grammes heavy rhinoceros horn beaker from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) with an initial starting price of 12,000 Euros had to be introduced at 52,000 Euros. The beaker with openwork in several layers is decorated with blossoms, tendrils and lotus leaves, a type of manufacture hardly ever used for this valuable type of horn due to the significant loss of material. Such an extremely rare object commanded a handsome price: accompanied by breathless suspense in the packed saleroom and with phone bids from all over the world, this unique piece from an old Bochum collection was sold to a Chinese client for 150,000 Euros.

A considerable multiplication of the starting price was also achieved for another Chinese, elaborately incised and gilt sword from the 19th century: Within a few minutes, it rose from its humble starting price of 450 Euros to impressive 13,000 Euros. Another highlight was a well preserved bronze warrior´s helmet from the Chou Dynasty, ca. 700 - 300 B.C. The one-piece helmet with brown-green patina was offered at a starting price of 6,000 Euros and sold for 10,500 Euros.

Russia
In the section of European objects of military history the interest in lots of Russian origin remained unwavering. It is therefore not surprising that eight of the ten highest acceptances of bids can be found in the subsection "Imperial Russia" of the militaria catalogue. Well worth noting in this context is an impressive pair of bronze busts portraying Tsar Alexander I and his wife Elizaveta Alekseevna. The busts were made around 1810 and represent the Tsar in uniform with a sash and the breast star of the Order of St. Anne, the Tsarina in a lace-trimmed, low-cut gown. Introduced at a starting price of 45,000 Euros, these finely sculpted works with original, associated bases bearing fire gilt and crowned double-headed eagles realised 56,000 Euros. Another precious piece comes from the personal surroundings of the imperial family, a pastel from the estate of the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Romanova (1822 - 1892). A finely painted, unsigned child portrait of Queen Marie of Hannover (1818 - 1907) with her sisters Therese (1823 - 1915), Alexandra (Grand Duchess of Russia 1830 - 1911) and Elisabeth (Grand Duchess of Oldenburg, 1826 - 1896). The 45 x 56 cm sized painting with original gilt frame later passed into Royal Bavarian ownership. The touching child portrait was offered at 3,600 Euros and brought 18,000 Euros.

Also noteworthy are two significant works of famous Russian gun makers: a flintlock sporting musket from the workshop of Ivan Krapiventsov is of museum quality. Made in the Russian city of Tula around 1780, it is very elaborately decorated with silver and gold wire inlays. Offered at a starting price of 50,000 Euros, it achieved 53,000 Euros. A slightly less adorned flintlock rifle, also decorated with gold inlays, made by the St. Petersburg gun maker Karl Beckmann around 1800, found a new owner for 25,000 Euros.

Antiques
The exclusive objects from the antiques catalogue were once again in high demand, among them a well preserved and finely crafted Illyrian type helmet with gold edging dating from the 6th/5th century BC. The helmet does not only feature the hemispherical bronze skull with the characteristic two parallel crest ridges, but also a – rather unusual – border of sheet gold around the face-opening and cheek pieces, thus making the helmet a truly unique piece. Introduced at a starting price of 15,000 Euros, the helmet ultimately realised 18,000 Euros. But the international audience was also looking forward to the sale of another rare item of ancient military history: a military diploma for a cavalryman from 146 A.C. issued during the reign of Antoninus Pius, which achieved 12,500 Euros.

A rare East Celtic iron helmet from the 3rd/2nd century B.C. was offered at 4,500 Euros. The one-piece hammered skull with large cheek pieces was sold after heavy bidding for 10,500 Euros.

Ancient arms and crafts
In the past years, a growing interest in kunstkammer objects and historical hunting trophies has become apparent. It is therefore not surprising that top results were achieved once again in these fields. A handsomely grown narwhal tusk of the stately size of 2,43 metres was sold for 29,000 Euros, nearly six times its starting price of 5,000 Euros. Two rhinoceros horns even sold for 40,000 and 34,000 Euros respectively (starting prices 18,000 and 17,000 Euros).

Among the highlights in the ancient weapons section was a closed helmet dating from 1500/1510, a type of helmet characteristic for Innsbruck and Nuremberg. A heated bidding competition ensued over the striking early visor helmet, its starting price of 18,000 Euros quickly rising to 28,000 Euros. Other beautiful pieces were elaborately crafted edged weapons from the Orient and the Far East. An elegantly crafted Indian dagger from the 17th/18th century caught the attention of many a bidder; offered at the comparatively humble starting price of 1,500 Euros, it commanded the remarkable sum of 25,000 Euros.

Antique and modern firearms
This 61st auction presented a wide variety of ancient firearms of high quality. Two extremely finely worked rifles drew the attention of the audience at the beginning of this segment. While a wheellock rifle from 1720 made in Andreas Gans's famous Augsburg gunmaker's shop (offered at a starting price of 10,000 Euros) fetched impressive 16,000 Euros, a likewise rare and well preserved tschinke from Cieszyn (Teschen) from ca. 1650 could be purchased for 14,000 Euros (starting price 9,500 Euros). An exquisite flintlock set consisting of a rifle and a pair of pistols from Karlsbad, made around 1760, achieved 12,600 Euros. Richly decorated with images of ancient gods and hunting scenes made of fire gilt brass, the set had been introduced at 12,000 Euros.

The modern weapons section featured a considerable number of top pieces, among them a highly sought after cased Borchardt C 93 calibre 7,65 in near mint condition with two matching numbered magazines manufactured by Loewe, Berlin, dating from ca. 1895. This unique weapon realised a hammer price of 19,000 Euros. Another highlight was lot 717, a cased self-loading pistol Mauser Mod. 1912/1914, calibre 9 x 19 mm with reduced power. Offered at a starting price of 15,000 Euros, the gun was sold to a collector for 18,000 Euros.

The hammer prices of all sold lots can be viewed online under www.hermann-historica.com. All mentioned hammer prices are net prices and do not include the obligatory premium of 23 percent. Unsold items can be purchased in the after sale.

May be copied without charge – Permission, additional information and photographic materials may be obtained from:

Maria Burdick
Communication and Marketing

Elvirastraße 16
D-80636 München
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 - 18 14 15
Fax: +49 (0) 89 - 18 14 49
E-Mail: m.burdick@burdick.de

About Hermann Historica
Hermann Historica OHG is one of the leading world auction house in the special areas of : antique arms and armour, hunting, antiquities, medals and orders, as well as historical objects and military history. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Count Erich Klenau von Klenova, Baron von Janowitz in Nuremberg as an auction house for coins, orders, medals, and other military objects were offered right from the beginning. At the beginning of the seventies, offerings were expanded to include antique weapons. On the basis of the comprehensive scope of the objects offered and the carefully researched and high quality production of the special catalogues, those offerings were an immediate and enthusiastic success with international collectors and museums. In 1982, the present owners changed the name of the auction house to Hermann Historica OHG, and carry out at least two auctions yearly for more than 25,000 clients throughout the entire world. The numerous objects which were formerly possessions of great noble families, in particular those from the Austrian and German Imperial houses, have attracted great international interest, especially when choice collections such as the famous hunting treasures from Castle Fuschl at Salzburg, the historical technical museum in Nümbrecht and the "Antique Weapon Collection" of the world renowned Berlin collector, Axel Guttmann, are broken up and offered at auction. www.hermann-historica.com

All Photos: Copyright Hermann Historica oHG 2011

HH_61_LotNo_3066
A carved rhinoceros horn cup, China, Kangxi period (1662 - 1722).


HH_61_LotNo_3051
Sword, China, 19. Century


HH_61_LotNo_4661
An important pair of bronze busts with the likenesses of the Imperial pair Tsar Alexander I and Tsarina Elisaveta Alexeevna, Russia, circa 1810.


HH_61_LotNo_4652
An important Russian flintlock sporting musket - Ivan Krapiventsov, Russia around 1780.


HH_61_LotNo_3352
A close helmet, visor helmet, Austrian (Innsbruck) or Nuremberg circa 1500/1510.


HH_61_LotNo_2933
Chilanum, India, 17./18. Century


HH_61_LotNo_1775
An Illyrian type helmet with gold edging, 6th - 5th century


HH_61_LotNo_1882
A military diploma for a cavalryman from the reign of Antoninus Pius, dated 146 AC


HH_61_LotNo_33
A splendid wheellock rifle, Gans in Augsburg, circa 1720.


HH_61_LotNo_20
A wheellock rifle (Tschinke), Cieszyn (Teschen), circa 1650.

 


 

 

61st auction of the Hermann Historica oHG

The annual spring sale will feature once again a stunning selection of historical objects and militaria.

 

Munich, 30 March 2011between 28 April and 12 May 2011, Hermann Historica will hold its 61st auction on its extended premises in Linprunstraße. Approximately 7,700 lots will be offered for bidding in the upcoming spring auction – among them antiquities, arms and armour, arts and crafts objects, hunting collectibles, medals, and militaria.

Arms and armour, arts and crafts

Taking centre-stage in the ancient weapons section is a striking black and white three-quarter armour of officer’s quality from Nuremberg dating from around 1570, which is offered at a starting price of € 40,000 – a unique and excellently preserved set consisting of a burgonet, a ridged breastplate, arm and leg guards, and gauntlets. A suit of armour of such high quality and renowned provenance is rarely seen on the market.

An interesting version of an early visor helmet is the close helmet from ca. 1500/1510. This kind of helmet is usually referred to as Innsbruck work, but comparable helmets have also been made in Nuremberg, making an exact determination of its place of manufacture nearly impossible.

Also up for sale is a broad variety of medieval swords and daggers. Previous auctions have seen a number of swords from the Battle of Castillon (1453), which attracted the attention of many collectors. This year’s spring auction presents a sword of the same origin; featuring a slender tapered blade and a copper inlaid mark, the starting bid will be € 20,000. Among the group of objects from the River Lidoire in the vicinity of Castillon-la-Bataille, eighty medieval swords are documented, but only three daggers. It is therefore a minor sensation that one of these rare daggers, a piece with a slender blade of diamond section and semicircular pommel, will be introduced at € 7,000.

Of later date, but no less remarkable is a very rare, finely crafted small-sword from 1640. Bidding for the intricately decorated, chiselled weapon from North Germany will begin at € 12,000.

The ancient weapons catalogue also presents a vast selection of arts and crafts – a section which has steadily grown over the years, strengthening Hermann Historica’s position on the market, and it is therefore no surprise that this year’s spring sale offers a number of unusual and rare objects of impressive craftsmanship, such as two finely carved wood caskets from the first half of the 17th century: a beautiful and intricately worked walnut and spruce cabinet from 1620 is offered at a starting price of € 5,500, while a slightly simpler designed cabinet from Augsburg, manufactured around 1650, is expected to fetch at least € 2,900. Also well worth noting are two other baroque pieces, a German playboard from 1720 with fine marquetry decorations of fine woods and playing surfaces for backgammon, nine men’s morris and chess (€ 6,500), and a richly embellished guild chest (€ 2,800).

The Orient and the Far East

Unique objects from the Far East and the Orient have attracted the attention of many collectors well in advance of the auction. A spectacular lot is a Chinese rhinoceros horn cup from the Kangxi Period (1661 - 1722). The horn is carved in several layers and is decorated with scrolling flowers, buds, and lotus leaves – a technique extremely seldom used with this valuable horn due to the significant loss of material. Bidding for the 24 cm tall and 493 grams heavy cup, which formerly belonged to a Bochum Collection, will begin at € 12,000.

Also up for sale is an impressive array of elaborately decorated powder flasks from Cherkessia and India. Carved of horn or wood and partially inlaid with ivory or lacquer, the valuable powder flasks symbolise the social status and importance of the owner; the starting prices for these items range between € 2,000 and € 6,000.

Offered for bidding is also a great selection of richly decorated, exquisite Oriental weapons, for example a gold and ivory decorated kinjal from the late 19th century, which is expected to fetch at least € 3,900. A silver inlaid yataghan from 1810 will be introduced at € 2,000.

Antiquities

Day five of the auction centres on antiquities. Among the lots are extremely rare objects of ancient military history, such as a cavalryman’s military diploma issued in 146 A.C. under the reign of Emperor Anto-ninus Pius. The recipient was rewarded for at least 25 years of army service with a certificate granting him Roman citizenship (€ 12,000). Another highlight is a gold bordered Illyrian helmet dating from the 6th/5th century B.C. In spite of its characteristic features, such as the round skull and the parallel ridges, the helmet is rather atypical in that it is embellished with a border of fine sheet gold. This beautiful and well preserved piece is offered at € 15,000.

Also well worth noting is a Roman balsamarium from the 1st/2nd century AD, which is expected to fetch at least € 6,000. The container is cast entirely in bronze; the bust of a cupid with a straw hat is extremely finely modelled, with eyes and nipples highlighted by silver inlays. The vessel bears a hinged lid incorporated into the top of the hat and movable side loops.

Militaria

The sale also comprises a stunning selection of militaria, medals and historical collectibles which will certainly attract the attention of many international clients.

The unwavering interest in Russian objects is met by a wide variety of high quality items, such as a First Class Breast Star of the Order of St. Anne from 1899. The piece at hand formerly belonged to the Yusupov family (Prince Felix Yusupov winning dubious fame as one of Rasputin's murderers) and is offered at a starting price of € 15,000. Among the highlights of the Russian section are also a helmet of the dragoon regiment in the style after 1910 with a transverse bear skin crest (€ 7,500) and a superb helmet for enlisted men from the Mounted Life Guard Regiments decorated with a gilt eagle (€ 12,000). Also well worth noting are two significant works of famous Russian gun makers: a striking flintlock sporting musket from the workshop of Ivan Krapiventsov, which is very similar to a piece housed at the National Hermitage in St. Petersburg; made in Tula around 1780, the rifle is richly decorated with intricate gold and silver wire inlays and is expected to fetch at least € 50,000. A slightly less lavishly decorated gold inlaid flintlock shotgun from the workshop of the St. Petersburg gunsmith Karl Beckmann dating from 1800 can be purchased at a starting price of € 25,000.

The 61st auction will also bring together rare objects from other countries, such as a unique sabre for a high-ranking naval officer of the French Ancien Régime from around 1760/80. The weapon is signed "Dida Marchd. & Fourbisseur Dans La Rue Ste. Catrine à Bourdeaux" and offered at € 20,000; a court sword with an identical signature is housed in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Another beautiful piece is a heavy silver sabre for a Hungarian magnate with ceremonial accessories and case from around 1870 (€ 9,500). All pieces of the set are made of gilt and enamelled silver richly set with blue glass gems and stamped with a Viennese hallmark.

Firearms of five centuries

This spring sale also features a wide selection of high quality antique firearms. Among the lots are two cased percussion pistols from France and a wheellock puffer from Saxony. While the finely incised and decorated pistols made by Auguste Francotte in 1850, with all accessories and its original case, are offered at € 10,000, the well preserved wheellock puffer for enlisted men of the Saxon Electorate Palace Life Guards from 1580/90 is expected to fetch at least € 15,000. Another spectacular piece is a French silver-mounted and gold-inlaid flintlock shotgun from 1810, which is introduced at € 45,000.

The firearms section also includes a vast array of modern weapons: for instance a rare Borchardt C 93, calibre 7,65, from ca. 1895, including case and two matching magazines, made by Loewe, Berlin, which will certainly attract the attention of many gun collectors (€ 15,000). Offered at the same starting price is a cased self-loading Mauser Mod. 1912/14, calibre 9 x 19 mm with reduced power. Also well worth noting is a triple-barrel shotgun by Krieghoff Neptun Primus, calibre 16/70 and 7 x 65 R, no. 68373. The nearly unused and excellently crafted gun made entirely by Krieghoff’s is elegantly decorated, fully functioning, and expected to fetch at least € 12,000.

All mentioned hammer prices are net prices and do not include the obligatory premium of 23 percent. The pre-sale viewing takes place from 18th to 21st April and from 26th to 27th April on the premises of Hermann Historica oHG, Munich.

May be copied without charge – Permission, additional information and photographic materials may be obtained from:

Maria Burdick
Communication and Marketing

Elvirastraße 16
D-80636 München
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 - 18 14 15
Fax: +49 (0) 89 - 18 14 49
E-Mail: m.burdick@burdick.de

About Hermann Historica
Hermann Historica OHG is one of the leading world auction house in the special areas of : antique arms and armour, hunting, antiquities, medals and orders, as well as historical objects and military history. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Count Erich Klenau von Klenova, Baron von Janowitz in Nuremberg as an auction house for coins, orders, medals, and other military objects were offered right from the beginning. At the beginning of the seventies, offerings were expanded to include antique weapons. On the basis of the comprehensive scope of the objects offered and the carefully researched and high quality production of the special catalogues, those offerings were an immediate and enthusiastic success with international collectors and museums. In 1982, the present owners changed the name of the auction house to Hermann Historica OHG, and carry out at least two auctions yearly for more than 25,000 clients throughout the entire world. The numerous objects which were formerly possessions of great noble families, in particular those from the Austrian and German Imperial houses, have attracted great international interest, especially when choice collections such as the famous hunting treasures from Castle Fuschl at Salzburg, the historical technical museum in Nümbrecht and the "Antique Weapon Collection" of the world renowned Berlin collector, Axel Guttmann, are broken up and offered at auction. www.hermann-historica.com

All Photos: Copyright Hermann Historica oHG 2011


HH_61_LotNo_1775
An Illyrian type helmet with gold edging, 6th - 5th century B.C

 

HH_61_LotNo_3066
A carved rhinoceros horn cup, China, Kangxi period (1662 - 1722).

 


HH_61_LotNo_3346
A black-and-white three-quarter armour, Nuremberg, circa 1570

 


HH_61_LotNo_3630
A fine small-sword with chiselled hilt, North German, circa 1640

 


HH_61_LotNo_3352
A close helmet, visor helmet, Austrian (Innsbruck) or Nuremberg
circa 1500/1510

 


HH_61_LotNo_3515_3606
A dagger and a sword from the Battle of Castillon, 1453

 


HH_61_LotNo_2188
A Central German cabinet circa 1620

 


HH_61_LotNo_4306
A sabre of a high ranking naval officer of the Ancien Régime, circa 1760/80.

 



HH_61_LotNo_4652
An important Russian flintlock sporting musket -
Ivan Krapiventsov, Russia around 1780

 


HH_61_LotNo_39
Wheellock "Puffer" for enlisted men of the Saxon Electorate Palace Life Guards, circa 1580/90


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