Utz, the eponymous main character of Bruce Chatwin’s final novel, is a Jewish collector who risks his life in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet rule. Although he has multiple opportunities to leave the country, he cannot bear to separate himself from his glass and porcelain collection. Intriguing in his own right, Utz also provides Chatwin standing for investigations into the nature of art, the psychology of obsession and private collecting.
When Utz supposedly dies and his collection mysteriously disappears, these events are left open to interpretation.
But: He was alive! And a part of his collection was saled by Dr. Fischers auctions. The story reads like a crime thriller: Two different sellers – native of/from Prague and Bratislave – consigned glasses, in which Dr. Fischer found two hand-written notes with the registration number – identical to each other. Obviously both glasses based on the same collection – the “Utz” collection. During the collection is untraceable in the novel, in fact it was lost after the death of Utz. After many years different objects appears on the art market – published by his wife Marta. Dr. Fischer succeeded in locating the son of Marta to offer a part of the collection in the auction house. But that’s only one short story in the thirty years old company history.
Auction house Dr. Fischer was founded in 1976 as an auction house specialized in Rare Transylvanian Ceramics and Faience. Today Dr. Fischer is German’s Leading Auctioneer for European Glass and Studio Glass and it has also separate departments devoted to Porcelain, Ceramics, Paintings, Silver, Jewellery, Pewter, Faience and Russian Works of Art.
Dr. Fischer holds three large auctions of “European Glass and Studio Glass” each year, one of them in the famous glass city Zwiesel in the Bavarian Forrest, as well as two auctions “Art and Antiques” and “Russian Art, Fabergé and Icons”. In addition, specialized auctions, for example important private collections are also held.
We invite everyone – public and private institutions, dealers and collectors – to contact us.
Competent experts with profound knowledge of the art market produce richly illustrated catalogues (also online-catalogues) with high-end photographs of museum quality. Our long-standing experience and knowledge of the art market benefits our consignors and customers. So different precious works for example of Hermann Schwinger, Heinrich Schwanhardt, Anron Kohgasser, Samuel Mohn, Dominik Biemann, Emile Gallé, Daum Frères, Réne Lalique, Loetz Wwe. and Otto Prutscher, Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton and finally the couple Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova are able to getting purchase in the castle at the idyllic Trappensee. Our thirteen-member crew will be pleased to give valuations and guidance on property brought in for inspection and - if appropriate - to visit customers who wish to sell at auction. Please send in relevant documentation or contact Dr. Fischer to arrange an appointment.
Our competence, expertise, and experience of contact with works of art and international markets have led to a multitude of national and international record-breaking prices, specially in the range of glasses.
Numerous glasses, paintings, and decorative art objects have been acquired by museums and private collectors throughout the world, and belong to the core of these collections ever since.
As our clients' needs and collecting tastes evolve, the flexibility and unwavering focus on expertise and client service of auction house Dr. Fischer will remain our hallmarks into the 21st century.