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What do art experts value?

What do auctioneers and proven professionals burn for privately?
We asked ten experts from different houses. Not for your most expensive or best piece of 2020, but for real favorite objects. The answers couldn't be more different - join us on a discovery tour through art.

Dirk Boll

President Christie's EMEA
Buying carpets is one of the most complicated things, especially when they are antique. They have to be pleasing (which is difficult enough), the right size, and then still fit into the budget. You mustn't remind me of the so-called “real” Persians of my grandparents and please don't have any flowers in the pattern. There is not much left! This (flat-woven) French rug was produced in the famous Aubusson workshops around 1790. With its unusual geometry, the pattern is almost modern, but individual shapes and colors are typical of the era. I like the “Wedgwood-y” emblems with the exotic animals, especially the crocodile. Comic antique!

drs. Herbert van Mierlo

Senior Director, Valuation Specialist
“Even as a student of art history, I was so enthusiastic about medieval sculpture that I focused my studies on it. It is therefore not surprising that, both as an expert at Sotheby's and as an art historian, I pay special attention to the art and crafts of the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Therefore, the story of this sculpture was something of a small but very fine 'revelation' for me. I received the request for the figure in the form of a small photo from a customer in my home country; the owner had recently inherited the sculpture from a deceased private collector, which had been part of this private collection since 1989. In the photo she looked really 'nice', and Johann Dannecker is not the 'greatest' German neoclassical artist name, but certainly not insignificant; therefore, an on-site assessment was of course relevant. All of these more 'professional' considerations that I had in advance then completely fizzled out during my visit ... you can practically say that the direct encounter with the sculpture was like 'love at first sight'. The photo with the description just couldn't capture the quiet beauty, the spirituality, the sensuality of this sculpture; the proverbial 'spark' can only skip over for everyone on closer inspection. I was assured and it was also clear - the sculpture was in a separate room - that this was the deceased collector's absolute favorite. I could understand.

During the auction in London in July 2019 it became clear that the enthusiasm of the original collector, my enthusiasm and that of my colleagues were also shared by some of our customers. Our conservative but real auction estimate was £ 120.00-180.000. Up until then, the most expensive auction price achieved to date for a work by Dannecker was around € 30.000. GIRL WITH THE DEAD BIRD (LESBIA AND HER SPARROW), Johann Dannecker's tender homage to his wife, then achieved £ 2,3 million with the participation of several international interested parties after a long bidder switch - a sensational price for Dannecker! "


Lars Netopil

Wetzlar Camera Auctions GmbH
Decorative material for shop windows in photo shops has been produced for Leica cameras, lenses and accessories in a wide range over the decades. Unfortunately, not many of the displays from the early days have survived, as sensitive materials such as paper mache, foil, fabrics and wood were used, and dealers often threw discarded material away at a time when there was no collectors' market at all. Today, these displays are particularly sought after, as they increase the attractiveness of any exhibition in showcases in private collections when they are decorated with the camera models from that time.
This stand for four Leica models dates from 1958. The construction consists of four panels for the cameras, painted in different pastel colors, mounted on a large metal bracket on a black wooden base plate with rubber feet. The labels attached to the panels are labeled with the names of the individual camera models and lenses.
When I found this display in the basement of the property of a customer and a very long-time collector, I felt a kind of pity that such a piece of jewelery had obviously only been stored for decades and was not allowed to be used anywhere. Nevertheless, buying such an exhibit from a collection is quite a task. A particular challenge, however, was the careful dismantling and very careful packing of all individual parts on site for shipment to Wetzlar. The storage location did not allow travel by car and so only air freight was considered.
One of the last (before) tasks was to find the four matching Leica camera models from the same year of construction as the one in which the display was made - and in the most beautiful original condition possible. The display now presents itself beautifully, like a window dressing in a Leica specialist shop in the late 1950s, and almost laughs at me as the viewer of our current auction catalog. During more than 35 years of daily dealing with the history of the Leica camera and the Leica system, I have not come across any other copy of this version. I am sure that the future owner will have the appropriate space to effectively stage this piece. My wish would be to finally document this and present the display to the previous owner again in its new environment.

Askan Quittenbaum

charismatic front man from Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen is enthusiastic about a pioneer of modern design:
A Henry van de Velde vase is my favorite this year. I am a great admirer of van de Velde anyway, but in this vase I combine properties that exert a great attraction on me. First of all, it is the form that is typically van de Velde, perfectly proportioned and elegant and - as is so often the case with his designs - also suggests something else. The shape is vaguely reminiscent of a technical device, historically speaking the association goes in the direction of stylized floral ornaments as we know them from the Romanesque and Gothic. The color of the vase makes it look like a shiny stone, a find. If you know a little about ceramics, you will be very impressed by the glaze. At high temperatures and with the exclusion of oxygen, the so-called hot-fire glaze has produced a delicate gray running glaze - at the edge of the mouth and at a shoulder in the middle of the wall, bluish and slightly reddish shimmering crystals collect; if you look into the vase it is 'ox blood red'. This is an object that I like to immerse myself in for a long time and that has a very calming effect on me. Of course, I also know about the particular rarity of this model, which of course I, as an art dealer, cannot ignore and which also influences my choice.

Henry van de Velde
Vase, 1902
On a round standing zone, wall offset in the middle, two handles pulled out of the shoulder towards the multi-profiled mouth edge. H. 24 cm. Execution: Reinhold Hanke, Höhr. Vase in gray stoneware with hot-fire glaze, gray gradient with bluish and reddish efflorescence. Marked on the bottom: artist's mark (embossed). Estimate: € 9.000 - 12.000 (auction on December 8, 2020)


Peter Beard was not satisfied with one life. It had to be at least two. Life one took place in Africa, on the "Hog Ranch" that he had bought near Tania Blixen's coffee plantations. Beard's second life: in the heart of the New York jet set. Beard was considered an integral part of the clique around Andy Warhol and Jackie Onassis, he would not have wanted to start any of these "cliques" himself. He had to stay free in order to disappear into one life again at any moment, to take photos of elephants and predators, to not have to answer to anyone. Beard found that unbearable. Beard ended up racing between life one and two for 82 years. Who the man really was is hard to say, hard to pin down. He never wanted to "stand for" something. He loved to question himself, 24 hours a day. If you can give it a try
starts, one could describe Peter Beard with what feels like fifty terms, here are just a few of them: conspiracy theorist, zoologist, playboy, according to his own statements amateur, artist, photographer. To concentrate on one life, one woman or one country is not possible for Beard. The special thing about Beard: He didn't go for an inner conflict, he had simply decided to be all these terms, these people in one person and therefore he didn't load those around him to define him.
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politically too, of course
Jenni Shortt
There are times when life goes the way you always wanted it to. Then one day you look back and realize that everything you have built is actually the result of a long journey - thoughts of two creatives.
It was precisely with this impression that photographer Fabrizio Cicconi and his stylist Francesca Davoli shot the house of Jenni Shortt, a food blogger with ecological ambitions. We are in San Polo d'Enza (Reggio Emilia) in the center of an old hill village, about 10 kilometers from Canossa. Shortt - born and raised in Italy but of British origin on his father's side - put down new roots here last year. "I was looking for a different living solution for myself and my children until I discovered this old house and immediately fell in love with it," says the food expert.
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Who plays with fire (ring)
Stefan Wiesner
Ethics, ecology, culture, architecture, aesthetics, art, but above all knowledge and ability are the ingredients on which gourmet chef Stefan Wiesner bases his cuisine. To do this, he mainly uses regional raw materials from nature, which we all know, but which we would probably never use ourselves when preparing food. Or have you already extracted the residual moisture from ground stones at home with your distiller? Just. Wiesner is a star chef in his restaurant "Rössli" in Escholzmatt-Marbach, in the canton of Lucerne. With almost childlike joy and infinite curiosity, he prefers to process the most unusual ingredients from the surrounding UNESCO biosphere area of ​​Entlebuch. In his case, these are: rocks, wood, resins, hay, forgotten plants and their edible parts.
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Villa in Campania
Luca Larenza
Even if Luca Larenza founded his men's clothing brand in Milan and runs it from there - in the Italian fashion city after all - it is a small southern Italian mountain village where he charges his batteries. The designer, who was born in Caserta, describes himself as a "globetrotter and experimentalist". This statement is optically lined as soon as the doors of his hiding place in the woods near Roccamonfina open. His house is an hour from Naples. For Larenza, this unique villa is his “place to be”. Last year it even served as a location for the shoot for his fall-winter collection. It mixes modern casualness with the geometric elegance of the eighties. Optical effects in 3D shape the textiles and create visual up-downs. “In response to climate change, they are presented in finely tuned shades. Orange, emerald green, mustard, concrete gray and navy blue determine the color palette. ”Luca Larenza founded his eponymous brand in 2011 after studying fashion management and working for international retail companies.
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A plea for records and everything that goes with them.


"Do you sometimes feel like you're walking on the last groove?" ...
Then 33 revolutions per minute can be really relaxing.
It's like rediscovering slowness. For a decade, sales of vinyl records in Germany rose steadily, finally leveling off at around three million pieces per year. That sounds like little compared with 50 million audio CDs sold and almost as many music downloads (source: Bundesverband Musikindus trie). But the vinyl trend has long since left its market niche. It is no longer a purely nostalgic event where men over the age of 60 listen to the original pressings of David Bowie or Eric Clapton with a glass of Barolo in hand. Young people can also find access to the LP through clubs and DJs. The best example: when Ikea withdrew its “Expedit” shelf from its range in 2014, a storm of indignation broke out among vinyl fans. The Facebook group to save the furniture gained thousands of members within a few days. Only when it became clear that the successor "Kallax" was just as good as a record shelf did the excitement ease again. Furniture manufacturers such as USM Haller and Julien Vidame now also display their sideboards with vinyl panels in their catalog.
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spectacular hotels and restaurants worldwide
AB Concept
We're sitting with Ed Ng, one of the two founders of AB Concept, in the bar of the Parisian Hotel George V., which belongs to the Four Seasons group. Cocktails from 50 euros upwards, the most expensive drink on the menu is a Jack Daniels, private label: 4 cl for 600 euros. Oops.
The guests are accordingly. Those who stay here, including a strikingly large number of Asians and Arabs, expect superlatives in every respect. It is exactly in this profession that the designer Ng and his partner Terence Ngan have positioned themselves.
The duo has continuously established itself in the glamor and luxury world since 1999 and now has successful offices in Hong Kong, Milan and Taipei.
Their portfolio includes gastronomy, retail, wellness, F&B, commercial and residential. But the great strength of AB Concept are hotel and restaurant facilities.
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Where the fox and the rabbit say goodnight ...
Halfdan pedersen
“I didn't know how to repair a house, but I was stupid and optimistic enough to try it,” says Halfdan Pedersen, interior designer and film set designer, starting the conversation.
It must have been fate that brought this house together with its current owner. Pedersen remembers like it was yesterday. “It was 2004. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and traveling to Iceland to make a documentary about an annual rock music festival. There I drove to the surrounding towns to observe and film everyday life in Icelandic fishing villages.
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"I hate projects that are soulless" ...
... says the interior decorator with conviction and refers to examples in relevant real estate magazines. Everything from one source is a horror for the Munich resident! Peter Buchberger's work has nothing in common with 1-2-3 facilities in which only the big brands from the relevant advertising ads are played. "We offer a potpourri of antiques, unique designer pieces and custom-made items." This connects the designer with colleagues in the USA, France and England - countries where furnishing styles are more shaped by individual heads - and differentiates him from the situation in Germany. Anyone who sets up in this country goes to a furniture store. Buchberger usually find his clients through personal recommendations and through reference objects such as hotels or restaurants. A book with the title "Wohndesign" is currently being published by Callwey, which compiles the projects of the posh interior designer.
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A booth like no other.
Gallery owner Armel Soyer
Once a year, two style worlds look towards Switzerland, where the world of design and art collide in the heart of Basel. It has long been beyond question that both can be in harmony. Just like the relevance of what is probably the most important contemporary marketplace for connoisseurs, collectors and the hottest galleries from all over the world. One of them belongs to the influential Parisian gallery owner Armel Soyer. What criteria are used to select the works and designers shown? “According to feeling, intuition and my taste! The main question that drives me is: is it something really new?
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... you start from scratch!
Lens ° Ass Architects
Imagine a tranquil place in the Belgian countryside. A quiet area in which the architecture mainly consists of the typical detached brick houses. They are all surrounded by flowery gardens with wonderful greenery. And now imagine a massive, contemporary round building made of concrete, red bricks and glass right in the middle of this idyllic village.
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Color is a very important topic!
Jeweler Nicolò Villa.
It is one of the most fascinating and beautiful streets in Mayland: in the center of the busy Brera district, chic, non-conformism and a touch of elegance reside there. This mixture provides the breeding ground for the most beautiful nuances of lush greens: emerald, malachite, tourmaline. It unfolds on the fourth floor of a historic building. The colors shine, sparkle like precious stones and convey the pleasant feeling of being in a city jungle. It is the home of the jeweler and designer Nicolò Villa - heir of a Milanese jewelry dynasty. He was born with the search for beauty in all its facets: ...
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