13: Fifty German Decorative Painting Patterns
Fifty Piece Collection of German Decorative Painting Lithographs, Templates and Patterns, from the Deutsches Maler Journal, books I and II (Stuttgart: W. Speeman, 1876-1878), including three framed color lithographs, book I, plate 12, Plafond [Ceiling], by Adolf Gnauth (1840-1884), book I. plate 14, Pilaster Verzierungen [Pilaster Decorations], by Eugen Napoleon Neureuther (1806-1882), and book, 2, plate 15, Treppenwand [Stairwell] by Georg von Hauberreisser (1841-1922), each presented in a reddish-brown molded wood frame with painted gilt fillet, taupe mat and glazed, sight (average)13" x 10", overall (average) 17" x 20", along with fourteen loose color lithographs, some with metallic inks, each 16-1/2" x 11-7/8", (book I, plates 5,8,10,13,17,23 and 24, and book 2, plates 7 through 13, inclusive), with twenty-five quarto sheets, each with one to six stencil templates and/or tracing patterns to create designs in the neoclassical, neo-Grec or Gothic Revival fashion, each 33" x 23-1/2" (open), and eight original Journal folios, book I, vols. 2-6 and book II, vols. 2-4, in quarter red linen with blue printed paper boards and gilt filet, each with a folio or single leaf of explanatory text, 16-3/4" x 12-3/4. The Gnauth lithograph is a fine interpretation of the 16th century carved wooden ceiling in Dachau Palace. The original Renaissance ceiling, carved in 1566-1568 by Hans Wisreutter (fl. 1548-1572) was transferred in 1868 to the Bavarian National Museum. It was there that Gnauth adapted the ceiling as a painted decoration for architects and interior designers, rendered here in rich colors and metallic inks. (The ceiling was restored and returned to the Dachau Palace in 1977.) The Hauberreisser lithograph illustrates his design for a staircase wall in the Munich New Town Hall, a grand Gothic Revival building which began construction in 1867 and was not completed until 1908; stencil and tracing patterns for Hauberreisser's designs for some of the Town Hall corridors are also included in this lot. Many of the loose lithographs here are accompanied by the matching stencil/tracing pattern.