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China
Private souvenir album of a high ranking office...

Los 4016

[*] Private souvenir album of a high ranking officer of the German community in China. Circa 1908. Circa 330 vintage collodion paper prints (some gelatin silver prints). Various sizes, most 12 x 16 cm, some larger/smaller. Mounted to album boards, some annotated in German in pencil on mounts, bound in half canvas album (edges slightly rubbed).

A very comprehensive album beginning with group portaits of high ranking members of the Chinese upper class, the Empress Dowager Cixi, Zaifeng, Prince Chun with entourage. Also includes views of Beijing, various Chinese landscapes, temples, palaces, gateways, monuments and artworks, monks, Mandarines, views of the Chinese Wall, military activities and European soldiers and officers as well as market scenes. Two newspaper clippings document the burial ceremony of the Guangxu Emperor of China in 1908. The album was likely compiled some years after the Boxer Uprising. – Some prints with light surface rubbing/buckling, some faded, some with oxidation mirroring in edges, otherwise many in good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 4.000   (US$ 4.400)


Zuschlag
€ 6.500 (US$ 7.150)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Marconi, Gaudenzio
Male nude

Los 4036

[*] (Attributed to). Male nude. Circa 1875. Albumen print. 16,8 x 26 cm. Mounted to board (slightly soiled).

Marconi was a Swiss/Italian photographer who later worked in France and Belgium. His high quality nudes, such as the one offered here, were famous and sought after by many artists. Rodin especially appreciated his photographs. – Some light scuff marks, otherwise rich dark prints in very good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 900   (US$ 990)


Zuschlag
€ 7.500 (US$ 8.250)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Plüschow, Guglielmo
Two nude youths

Los 4047

Two nude youths. Circa 1900. Albumen print. 22,2 x 16,8 cm. Number 12204 in blue crayon on the verso.

Buckling in right edge, light crease marks, otherwise a rich dark print in very good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 1.000   (US$ 1.100)


Zuschlag
€ 4.200 (US$ 4.620)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Plüschow, Guglielmo
Young nude

Los 4048

Young nude. Circa 1900. Albumen print. 22,2 x 16,8 cm. Number 3676 in pencil on the verso.

Buckling in right edge, light crease marks, otherwise a rich dark print in very good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 1.000   (US$ 1.100)


Zuschlag
€ 5.000 (US$ 5.500)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Becher, Bernd & Hilla
"Schwebebahn-Bahnhof, Werther Brücke, Wuppertal"

Los 4093

[*] "Schwebebahn-Bahnhof, Werther Brücke, Wuppertal". 1972. 3 vintage gelatin silver prints. 55 x 30 cm. Mounted to board, signed and editioned 19/100 by Bernd Becher in pencil lower right.

In very good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 3.500   (US$ 3.850)


Zuschlag
€ 3.100 (US$ 3.410)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Eliasson, Olafur
"Contact is content at Seljalandsfoss"

Los 4132

[*] "Contact is content at Seljalandsfoss".1996/ 2014. 2 chromogenic prints. 53 x 42 cm. Signed and editioned by Olafur Eliasson in ink on separate label. In original ivory linen clamshell box with folder with 2 photos inside and the accompanying artists's book of the same title. Edition 37/100 + 25 APs, Schirmer/Mosel edition 2008.

Over the years, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has continually returned to Iceland to capture its landscape with his camera. This ambitious, ongoing venture has resulted in approximately eighty photo series to date, and a vast number of individual photographs showing glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, volcanoes, and caves. More than mere documents of the terrain, Eliasson’s vibrant images reflect on man's relationship to nature, the physical space in which we exist, and the body’s felt motion through space.
The prints in this work mirror each other. The artist suggests framing the two prints separately and hanging them one above the other, with the sources of the two waterfalls abutting. This creates an abstract, Rorschach-like composition of a waterfall spilling upwards as well as downwards, although which image is the ‘actual’, non-inverted depiction of Seljalandsfoss is indeterminable, creating a visual ambiguity and surreality. – In excellent condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 3.500   (US$ 3.850)


Zuschlag
€ 3.200 (US$ 3.520)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Gremmler, Karl Theodor
"Männer am Netz" series

Los 4201

"Männer am Netz" series. Late 1930s. Circa 150 vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver prints, many on Agfa-Brovira paper. 24 x 18 cm and 18 x 24 cm and some smaller. Some with Gremmler's copyright stamp or with Fotografie Gremmler-Gorny agency stamp, some annotated in pencil on the verso.

Little is known about the life of the photographer Karl Theodor Gremmler and his photographs, especially his work of the 1920s which is considered lost. A small part of his negatives is in the collection of the Deutsche Fotothek, Dresden. The group offered here is therefore rare. Some of the photos bear both Gremmler's copyright stamp and the agency stamp Gremmler-Gorny.
Gremmler received his artistic inspiration in Hanover during the Weimar Republic, where Käte Steinitz (1889-1975) invited the avant-garde artists of the time to her legendary salon. Gremmler was a close friend of Käte and Ernst Steinitz and a regular guest at their house. Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Mary Wigman, Herward Walden, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Theodor Lessing and many others attended Käte Steinitz's salon. Here Gremmler befriended Albert Renger-Patzsch and also met Hein Gorny. Gorny and his wife Ruth Lessing knew Lotte Jacobi, who had to give up her studio in Berlin in 1935 and emigrate. In that year Gremmler and Gorny took over Jacobi's studio at Kurfürstendamm 35 and sold their photos individually, as well as together under the Gremmler/Gorny-Bildagentur name. Karl Theodor Gremmler died in 1942 under unclear circumstances. Only one year later, the studio was destroyed in a bombing raid, and a large part of the negatives and photographs were destroyed.
The book "Männer am Netz" (Men at the Net) offered here, together with the original photographs, is one of the last German photo books of this time, when such quality was no longer to be expected. Design and layout still emit the spirit of modernity, so hated by the National Socialists. Each page illustrates how a resistant photographer bravely tried to elude National Socialist appropriation. Thus, in 1939, a German photo book was published which is unfortunately still underestimated, but which can nevertheless be included among the best photo books of the German New Objectivity period, alongside those by Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alfred Ehrhardt, Aenne Biermann or Arvid Gutschow.

Zum Leben des Fotografen Karl Theodor Gremmler ist heute nur noch wenig bekannt und seine Fotografien, besonders das Archiv der 1920er Jahre, gilt als verschollen. Ein kleiner Teil seiner Negative befindet sich im Besitz der Deutschen Fotothek Dresden. Die hier angebotene Sammlung ist deshalb ungewöhnlich und selten. Einige der Bilder tragen sowohl Gremmler‘s Copyright-Stempel als auch den Agenturstempel Gremmler-Gorny.
Seine künstlerische Prägung erfuhr Gremmler im Hannover der Weimarer Republik, wo Käte Steinitz (1889-1975) in ihrem legendären Salon die Avantgarde ihrer Zeit um sich scharte. Gremmler war mit Käte und Ernst Steinitz befreundet und ein regelmäßiger Gast in ihrem Hause. Bei Käte Steinitz verkehrten z.B. Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Mary Wigman, Herward Walden, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Theodor Lessing u.v.a.m. Hier schloss Gremmler Freundschaft mit Albert Renger-Patzsch und lernte auch Hein Gorny kennen. Hein Gorny, bzw. dessen Frau Ruth Lessing, war wiederum mit Lotte Jacobi befreundet, die 1935 ihr Atelier in Berlin aufgeben und emigrieren musste. Noch im gleichen Jahr übernahmen Gremmler und Gorny Jacobis Atelier am Kurfürstendamm 35 und vertrieben sowohl einzeln, wie auch als Gremmler/Gorny-Bildagentur ihre Fotos gemeinsam. Karl Theodor Gremmler starb 1942 unter ungeklärten Umständen. Nur ein Jahr später wurde das Atelier bei einem Bombenangriff zerstört, wobei ein großer Teil der Negative und Fotos vernichtet wurde.
Das hier, zusammen mit den Originalfotografien, angebotene Buch „Männer am Netz“ ist eines der letzten deutschen Fotobücher dieser Zeit, in der eine solche Qualität nicht mehr zu erwarten war. Gestaltung und Layout atmen noch immer den verhassten Geist der Moderne. Seite für Seite erkennen wir einen widerständigen Fotografen, wie er tapfer versucht sich der Vereinnahmung durch die Nationalsozialisten zu entziehen. So konnte 1939 in Deutschland ein Buch entstehen, welches leider noch immer unterschätzt wird, aber gleichwohl zu den besten Fotobüchern der Neuen Deutschen Sachlichkeit zu rechnen ist, neben solchen von Renger-Patzsch, Alfred Ehrhard, Aenne Biermann oder Arvid Gutschow. – Some curled in edges, a few with creases, some corners slightly bumped, otherwise most in good to very good condition.

Lit.: Karl Theodor Gremmler. Männer am Netz. Mit Dampfer und Kutter auf Frischfisch und Krabbe. Berlin1939 (first edition), all illustrated.

Errata: The book "Männer am Netz" is not offered together with this lot.
Das Buch "Männer am Netz" ist nicht bei diesem Los dabei.

Schätzpreis
€ 1.500   (US$ 1.650)


Zuschlag
€ 12.000 (US$ 13.200)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Lempert, Jochen
Swans

Los 4265

Swans. Circa 1995/printed before 2000. Gelatin silver print. Circa 63 x 104 cm. Framed behind glass in wooden frame.

Jochen Lempert studied biology from 1980-88 and worked as a biologist. By the early 1990s he came to photography with a keen understanding of the natural world. His subject is mainly nature: animals, plants and other natural phenomena such as waves, clouds and lava streams. He uses analogue photography to experiment with various techniques, for example the photogram, or purposely employs calculated effects such as soft focus, the grainy texture of an enlargement or, as in this piece, creases and tears in the printing paper. Many of his images do not reveal themselves upon first viewing and require a more careful look. Often abstract patterns take time to develop into the actual object they are. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, as well as in St. Louis and Barcelona. This and the following three lots are early works by Lempert and were directly purchased from the artist.

Schätzpreis
€ 4.000   (US$ 4.400)


Zuschlag
€ 3.800 (US$ 4.180)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Siam and the Far East
Collection of photographs and written documents...

Los 4354

Photographer: R. Lenz, Platé, Emil Eisenhofer as well as Bangkok and Tsingtau studios and unknown. Collection of photographs and various written documents from the estate of the German diplomat and pharmacist Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Rexhausen (1868-1928) in Siam. Circa 1900-1911. Circa 200 albumen, gelatin silver, platinum and collodion paper prints. Various sizes between 22 x 26 cm, 12 x 16,5 cm and 6 x 8 cm. Some mounted to board, some annotated in ink/pencil in German below image on the mount or on verso.

This collection offers an extensive documentation of the German pharmacist Georg Rexhausen's life in Bangkok where he lived as of 1905. In 1912 Rexhausen became the director of the Royal Siamese Government Pharmacy in Bangkok and the State pharmaceutical laboratory. His military rank was First lieutenant. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was summoned to Tsintau as lieutenant general, but only reached Shanghai and returned to Bangkok towards the end of the year. Due to the declaration of war of the Siamese government on July 22, 1917 his contract was dissolved and his property in Siam was confiscated, as can be seen from some of the numerous documents in this collection. In 1921, after the end of the war, he opened a pharmacy in Berlin at Bayerischer Platz, which still exists today. One photo is by the railway engineer Emil Eisenhofer (1879-1962) and the group also includes some views of Ceylon. – Some with slight traces of use, many in good condition.

Schätzpreis
€ 900   (US$ 990)


Zuschlag
€ 5.000 (US$ 5.500)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts
Stern, Bert
"Marilyn Monroe Pink Scarf"

Los 4365

"Marilyn Monroe Pink Scarf" (from 'The Last Sitting' for Vogue). 1962/printed 2009. Large-format fine art print. 74 x 61 cm. Signed and editioned 2/6 by the photographer in black crayon in lower edge; photographer's/copyright stamp, as well as signed, dated and copyrighted by the photographer in red crayon on the verso.

This and the following image of Marilyn Monroe are from "The Last Sitting" taken six weeks before Marilyn Monroe's death and partly published in Vogue magazine the same year. – In excellent condition. With: Certificate of Authenticity 2012.

Schätzpreis
€ 3.000   (US$ 3.300)


Zuschlag
€ 3.200 (US$ 3.520)



» Fotografie des 19. - 21. Jahrhunderts

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