The sails are set, the flags are hoisted: Ketterer Kunst will set sail on Saturday, 23 May 2001 with its second auction Maritime Art at Neuer Wall 40 in Hamburg. The works which will be up for sale can be viewed from 9 to 11 May and from 14 to 18 May from 11:00 to 17:00, on 20 May from 10:00 to 16:00 and on 19, 20 and 22 May by appointment at Ketterer Kunst Hamburg. After the large success of the auction Maritime Art in September 2000 the range of subjects was expanded and the coming auction is characterised by quality and variety.
Among the most interesting works of the early period of this genre, the 17th century, is a series of 12 sets of 24 engravings Verscheyde Schepen en Gezichten van Amstelredam by the Dutch maritime painter and graphic artist Reinier Nooms, alias Zeeman. Framed by technical elements of ships and maritime activities the engravings depict marine vessels and shipping in the golden age. Nooms was one of the most renowned maritime engravers, who’s fame is based on these scenes which were very popular during the artist’s lifetime. The engravings are estimated at DM 2,500.
Charles Napier Hemy is one of the most famous members of the English school of the late 19th, early 20th century. The artist stood in the direct tradition of maritime painting in his home country. The oil painting Segler an der Mole (Sailing Ships at the Jetty) is estimated at DM 3,500. It is monogrammed and measures 50 x 30 cm. The theme and composition are typical of the artist, who concentrated on fishing scenes in his late work.
Another 19th century work is Carl Emil Baagoes Dänische Flotte Schloß Kronsborg passierend (The Danish Fleet passing Kronsborg Palace). The magnificent and elaborate work measures 50,5 x 80,5 cm, is signed and dated 1879. It is estimated at DM 8,000.
A fresh sea breeze in Johannes Holst’s P-Liner auf Hoher See livens the German 20th century. The outstanding oil painting is dated 1919 and is estimated at DM 11,000 – 12,000. Spectacular clouds form the background to the four-mast bark in full sail below the horizon in mid ocean. The detailed waves and swell reveal that the artist was an attentive observer in his youth and stood in line with the traditional school.
A very decorative composition is by a follower of Ludolf Backhuysen, Boote in stürmischer Brandung (Boats in Stormy Waters). It repeats a typical successful motif of the artist. The oil painting measures 30 x 37 cm and is kept in delicate blue-grey colours and the typical style of the Dutch Old Masters. It is estimated at DM 4,000 – 5,000.
A rarity is Carl Wilhelm Hugo Schnars-Alquist’s Gaffelgetakelter Segler vor einem Hafen. The oil painting measures 38 x 58 cm and is a finely painted and elegant composition in delicate colours. It is estimated at DM 12,000 – 15,000.
Since its foundation in 1954 Ketterer Kunst has established itself as one of the most important auction houses. While the two annual auctions at the original domicile in the Carolinenpalais in Munich concentrate on Art of the XXth Century, the Hamburg rooms sell modern art on paper four times a year. Apart from two sales each of Rare Books and Old and New Masters as well as, since 2000, one sale of Maritime Art in Hamburg, Ketterer Kunst also entered the Berlin art market in 1997 with the auction Contemporary Art after 1945. Ketterer Kunst is therefore the only auction house to offer its customers a total of eleven auctions at three locations in Germany.