Lempertz is one of the leading auction houses in Europe and the eldest in family posession. The history of the company reaches back to 1798, when Johann Matthias Heberle established the „Antiquargeschäft mit Auktionsanstalt (Antiquarian Book Shop including Auctions)" that held important auctions of rare books and art works. After the death of the founder in 1840, his employee Heinrich Lempertz, at that time 24 years old, took over the company that was than renamed „J. M. Heberle (H. Lempertz)“ On 5 September 1844, the administration of the City of Cologne granted the concession to establish a branch in Bonn that was managed by Mathias Lempertz, brother of Heinrich Lempertz. On 18 November 1844, the first Lempertz auction was held in Bonn. From April 1845 Lempertz resided in a house in Fürstenstrasse 2 in which the widow of Friedrich Schiller had died in 1826. The auction of the important library of August Wilhelm Schlegel in 1845 established the company´s reputation, followed by the auction of the estates of E. M. Arndt (1860) and B. Hundshagen (1867) with a manuscript of the Nibelungen from the early 15th Century that was acquired by the Royal Library in Berlin. In 1875 Peter Hanstein, an employee of Mathias Lemperz, buys the respected firm and gradually moves the auction business to Cologne. In 1918 the building at Neumarkt is purchased. The classicist building is destroyed by bombs in 1943, like most of Cologne’s inner city. After the monetary reform Lempertz succeeds once more in establishing itself as the leading German art and auction house. A visible sign of this is the building at Neumarkt, completed in 1952, listed today in the Register of Historic Buildings. The Roman-Germanic Museum and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum organize their first exhibitions here between 1953-1957. In 1965 the Gallery Lempertz Contempora is founded, an exhibition forum for contemporary art. In 1984 Lempertz complements its range by buying into the antique book store Venator. The name is changed to Venator & Hanstein. Since the beginning of 2000, Kunsthaus Lempertz is the only German auction house to be part of the renowned International Auctioneers group (IA), a group that unites eight independent leading auction houses from eight countries.

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An important Berlin KPM krater-form vase with a view of Unter den Linden

Model no. 1466. Fired in two parts and mounted, with a star-shaped nut. Painted with a panoramic view of the famous street in Berlin seen from the west, with the Prinz Heinrich Palais (Humboldt University), the Neue Wache, the Zeughaus, and Berlin Cathedral on one side of the bridge, on the other side the palace, the Kommandantur, the Kronprinzenpalais, the Prinzessinnenpalais and the State Opera. Above and below this Neoclassical borders with palmettes, beading, vermicelli, and acanthus.These panoramic views, depicted as if seen from above, are a perfect expression of municipal pride in the city's modernisation. This manner of depicting the skyline was developed by the Irish artist Robert Barker, who painted his first panorama in 1788. The genre was subsequently popularised in Berlin by the paintings of Eduard Gaertner (1801 - 1877), who settled in Berlin in as an independent artist following his return from Paris in 1828. His stunning large-scale panoramas, often depicting unusual aspects of the new buildings of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, were highly appreciated in the city. His biography also influenced the development of this vase: Gaetner began his apprenticeship in the painters' department at KPM in 1813. Although the talented young artist left the manufactory in 1821, his radical ideas still influenced the remaining painters, as illustrated by the design of this important vase.Read more

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The Klaus J. Jacobs Collection: Take two
The first part of the estate of coffee entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs had a 100% sell through rate last week at auction house Lempertz, Cologne. Next week, more coffee-related works by major artists will be part of the Modern Art auction.
''Fall is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'' - Albert Camus
With crisper weather, golden and red leaves in the fall months, we explore the work of three German painters who captured the beauty of the season.
Three gods at Lempertz
Check out three of our favorite works of Asian art in Lempertz upcoming sale.
Dalí, Picasso, Hopper: Artists in front of the lens
We take a look at the story behind iconic artists of the 20th century in front of the camera and not behind the easel.
Sigourney Weaver in Alien in PVC by Helmut Newton
Famed for their Old Masters and 19th century auctions, Cologne's Lempertz will be holding Modern and Contemporary auctions next month of equally impressive stature.

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JOHN ALBOK, Untitled, 1950s
Vintage gelatin silver print. 26.2 x 33.6 cm (27 x 35.4 cm). Mounted firmly under original mat, thereon signed in pencil lower right. - The mat with traces of usage, the print in very good condition. Lempertz
Two Sinotibetan gilt bronze miniature figures. 18th/19th century
Two Sinotibetan gilt bronze miniature figures of a) Buddha Amitayus, base sealed, and b) a warrior, seated in rajalilasana, wearing armour and holding a dagger and a shield in his hands. 18th/19th century. (2)Private collection Johan (1925-2003) and Ursula StrebelJohann Strebel was born in Hamburg in February 1925, the son of Dr. Otto Strebel, director of the Hemmoor cement factory. In 1951 the qualified cement retailer married Ursula Oschewski (b. 1.9.1925), daughter of the goldsmith Kurt Olschewski who ran a jewellery business under the same name in Wiesbaden. In 1954 the jewellery business in Wilhelmstrasse changed its name to Strebel-Olschewski. By procuring precious stones for the jeweler's shop, Johann and Ulla Strebel developed a fascination for Asian cultures and acquired valuable works of art on their many travels throughout Asia between 1955 and 1980, a time when travel in these countries was particularly arduous and uncomfortable. Asian works of art were sold alongside the jewellery in the shop, but the couple also built up a private collection, with a wide cultural interest ranging from Tibet through South East Asia to Japan. Lempertz
A hemispherical Cizhou bowl. 11th/12th century
A hemispherical Cizhou bowl on a high splayed food, covered with a white slip under a transparent crackled glaze except for the foot revealing the buff stoneware body. Five spur marks to the interior. Small restorations to rim. 11th/12th century. Lempertz
A woodblock printed book. 19th century
A black-and-white woodblock printed book "Shenjitu" (Pictures of traces of the holy man). Probably the edition by Kong Xianlan of 1874. Pages 29b, 30a, 30b and 47a missing. Three loose pages from the same book under mounts (the page numbers not visible). 19th century. 30 x 39.8 cm Lempertz
Antoni Tàpies, Roig i negre 4, 1985
Signed. Edicions Polígrafa SA, Barcelona. Numbered HC 10/15 aside from the numbered edition of 99. 95 x 125 cm Colour etching and carborundum on card Framed under glass 95 x 125 cm 1985 Lempertz

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