Sale: 508 / Art of the 19th Century, Dec. 12. 2020 in Munich Lot 315

 
315
Karl Philipp Fohr
Ruine Frankenstein, Winter 1813/14.
Watercolor, over pencil and pen and ink
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,250
Sold:
€ 150,000 / $ 175.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Ruine Frankenstein. Winter 1813/14.
Watercolor, over pencil and pen and ink.
Märker Z 285. Inscribed in center below the image "Ruine Frankenstein“ in brown ink; with an old number "30“ in pencil and India ink in upper right outside of the image. Verso with a label that confirms this sheets authenticity, signed by Dr. Otto Weigmann, director of the Royal Graphic Collection Munich (1918-1937). On wove paper by Franz Heinrich Fauth/Schnabelsmühle (with watermark). 19.3 x 27.3 cm (7.5 x 10.7 in), size of sheet.
Sheet 30 from the "Skizzenbuch der Neckargegend".
• One-of-a-kind sheet from the early work "Skizzenbuch der Neckargegend"
• Made as present to win the patronage of Hereditary Princess Wilhelmine von Hessen-Darmstadt
• Fascinating richness of expression and virtouos mastery of the watercolor technique
• Fascinating interplay of narrative composition and true-to-life depiction of nature
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PROVENANCE: Hereditary princess Wilhelmine von Hessen-Darmstadt (gifted from the artist in 1814)
Baronin von Bassus, Munich (inherited from aforementioned).
Ludwigsgalerie Otto H. Nathan, Munich (acquired from aforementioned in 1927).
Private collection Northern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 1928).
Private ownership Denmark (inherited from aforementioned collection).

LITERATURE: Carl Fohr und die Maler um ihn, ex. cat. Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg, edited by Karl Lohmeyer, Heidelberg 1925, p. 36, cat. no. 30.
Carl Philipp Fohr (1795-1818) nebst einigen Arbeiten von anderen Künstlern seiner Zeit, Ludwigsgalerie Otto H. Nathan, Munich 1927, cat. no. 30.
Jens Christian Jensen, Carl Philipp Fohr, 1795-1818. Skizzenbuch der Neckargegend. Badisches Skizzenbuch. Ergänzt durch die Werke des Künstlers im Besitz des Kurpfälzischen Museums, Heidelberg 1986, cat. 30 (illu. 26).
"The following spring (1814) he showed up in Darmstadt with a fairly thick binder of splendid drawings he would give to the hereditary princess as a present. She graciously accepted them, just as they deserved it. In the following [..] it showed that Fohr had reached more with this diligently made binder than he could imagine.“
Quote from Johann Philipp Dieffenbach, Das Leben des Malers Karl Fohr, zunächst für dessen Freunde und Bekannte geschrieben, Darmstadt 1823, pp. 31-33.

315
Karl Philipp Fohr
Ruine Frankenstein, Winter 1813/14.
Watercolor, over pencil and pen and ink
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,250
Sold:
€ 150,000 / $ 175.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)