The Robert von Hirsch collection, volume one: Old Master drawings, paintings and medieval miniatures § Volume two: Works of art § Volume three: Furniture and porcelain § Volume four: Impressionist and modern art (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 22-26 June 1978) View larger
Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)

The Robert von Hirsch collection, volume one: Old Master drawings, paintings and medieval miniatures § Volume two: Works of art § Volume three: Furniture and porcelain § Volume four: Impressionist and modern art (catalogues for auctions conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 22-26 June 1978)

London, Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., 1978
Four volumes (27 cm), I (20 June 1978): xi (1), 215 (1) pp. (some folding), illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 1-70, 101-127. II (22 June 1978): xvi, 233 (3) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 201-297, 301-408. III (23 June 1978): xi (1), 121 (5) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 501-661. List of estimates loosely inserted. IV (26 June 1978): xi (3), 231 (1) pp. (some folding), illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 701-768, 801-877. List of estimates loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards, pictorial dust jackets. - A collection studded with masterpieces from all ages and cultures, ranging from drawings by Dürer and Raphael to Meissen porcelain, from the enamelled arm band worn by Frederick I Barbarossa at his coronation to a portrait of Cézanne by Camille Pissarro. The week-long sale realised £18,468,300. A “fifth volume” was published by Sotheby’s in 1979, “a catalogue of items which were bequeathed to museums, relations and friends and therefore do not appear in the [four-volume] auction catalogue” (foreword). The “Bibliothèque Robert von Hirsch, de Bâle” was sold in Paris by Ader et Picard (C. Guérin, M. Loliée, experts) on 12 June 1978; his collection of private press books was offered (as 51 lots) in Sotheby’s Chancery Lane rooms on 22 June 1978. ¶ Very good, unmarked set.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Drawings - 1978
Auction sale catalogues - Paintings - 1978
Auction sale catalogues - Sculpture & Works of Art - 1978
Authors/Creators
Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)
Owners
Hirsch, Robert von, 1883-1977
Auction date
19780620
19780622
19780623
19780626
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  • Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)

    The Robert von Hirsch collection : Volume one : Old Master drawings, paintings and medieval miniatures (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 20 June 1978)

    London, Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., 1978
    (27 cm), xi, 215 (1) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 1-70, 101-127. Publisher’s printed boards, pictorial dust jacket. - Dürer’s view of Doss Trento with the Romanesque church of Sant’ Apollinare di Piedicastello sold for £620,00 to the Zurich dealer Marianne Feilchenfeldt; no Old Master drawing had previously fetched more than £162,000 at auction (saleroom report in The Times, 21 June 1978, p.4). Feilchenfeldt also bid £300,000 for Dürer’s unfinished drawing of Christ on the Mount of Olives. The paintings were not as rare and outstanding, and prices, although high – new auction records were set for six artists – were more in line with past results. The first session of the sale totalled £2,777,100 with no lot unsold.
  • Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)

    The Robert von Hirsch collection : Volume two : Works of art (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 22 June 1978)

    London, Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., 1978
    (27 cm), xvi, 233 (3) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 201-297, 301-408. Publisher's printed boards, pictorial dust jacket. - Top price of the sale was £1.2m paid by Rainer Zeitz (on behalf of the state museums in West Berlin, against Giuseppe Eskenazi) for a Mosan enamel roundel from a shrine and retable made for the Abbey of Stavelot in Belgium; Peter Wilson, chairman of Sotheby’s, called it “the single most beautiful object” that the firm had ever handled (saleroom report in The New York Times, 23 June 1978, p.1). Agnew’s paid £1.1m (on behalf of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, underbid by Eskenazi) for an armilla believed to have been made for the coronation regalia of Frederick I Barbarossa. The British Rail Pension Fund paid £550,000 (against the Cleveland Museum of Art) for a 12th century bronze candlestick attributed to a Gloucestershire foundry, a record price for an English work of art. The chess piece selected to illustrate the cover of the catalogue, described as South Italian and late 13th century, sold for £14,000, an auction record for a chess piece (returned to Sotheby’s on 6 July 2016, when described as probably produced in Cologne, c. 1300-1320, and sold for £540,000).The two-session sale made £7,248,930 ($13.4m), with three lots left unsold worth £11,280 (sale report by Geraldine Norman, in The Times, 23 June 1978, p.1).
  • Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)

    The Robert von Hirsch collection : Volume three : Furniture and porcelain (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 23 June 1978)

    London, Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., 1978
    (27 cm), xi, 121 (4) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 501-661. Publisher's printed boards, pictorial dust jacket. - A marquetry coiffeuse made by Abraham Roentgen for Friedrich Augustus III, Elector of Saxony, was bought for £200,000 by the London dealer A. Kauffmann. The sale also contained an important group of early Italian furniture: an octagonal Florentine table, c. 1500, sold to Robin Symes for £23,000; a late 15th-century credenza sold for £20,000. The 153 lots totalled £691,350 with no unsold lots (saleroom report by Geraldine Norman, in The Times, 24 June 1978, p.16).
  • Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co. (London)

    The Robert von Hirsch collection : Volume four : Impressionist and modern art (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., London, 26 June 1978)

    London, Sotheby, Parke Bernet & Co., 1978
    (27 cm), xi, 231 (1) pp., illustrations (some in colour). Lots numbered 701-768, 801-877. Publisher's printed boards, pictorial dust jacket.
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