Expert Albert Maier recognized immediately: “That’s really good art!” It was really worth fighting for this “dreamlike” object – that’s what a dealer at “Bares für Rares” thought and rose after a first knockout. even entered the bidding war again.

“I’m thrilled!” Maier beamed about the porcelain butterfly woman. At the saleswoman Hella from North Rhine-Westphalia, the beautiful figure had led a dreary life without attention – and that for 70 years. First she was with her parents-in-law and then “I was allowed to dust her off,” Hella joked. For Maier, however, it was “really good art”.

The figure was drawn by “Goldscheider”: “One of the most famous European manufacturers of bronze, alabaster and ceramics,” explained Maier delightedly. And the author also has a well-known name. The dancer was designed by the Austrian sculptor and important Art Deco ceramist Josef Lorenzl in the 1920s.

The figure represents a well-known dancer from Vienna (Niddy Impekoven) and was produced until 1941, it was further learned. “The model series is also called ‘The Captive Bird’,” lectured Maier. “Or ‘butterfly’,” added the saleswoman. She had done her own research after discovering the mark on the bottom of the figure while dusting.

Maier agreed with the seller. The dancer’s cloak, in fact, resembles the “peacock eye” butterfly. The candidate’s desired price: 1,000 euros. Maier raised it to 1,300 to 1,600 euros “for the beautiful sculpture”. Lighter was flabbergasted: “And that for Tinnef!” he smiled and handed the dealer card to Hella and her granddaughter Jennifer.

“Very beautiful! And original!” dealer Thorsden Schlössner was the first to inspect the graceful lady. Esther Ollick immediately wanted to know from the saleswoman: “Why are you parting with such a beautiful figure?” Hella explained: “For more than 70 years it was a no-name in our house! Nobody knew what it was worth.” Retailer Elke Velten gave the starting signal and offered 500 euros for the little dancer. It didn’t stop there. Almost everyone bid. Thorsden Schlößner asked for a smooth 1,000 euros. At first, colleague Esther Ollick’s jaw dropped.

Then Julian Schmitz-Avila also contributed 1,200 euros, and now everyone in the room bid diligently. The highly coveted property had quickly overtaken the limits of expert estimates. There was still no end in sight. At 1,650 from Velten, colleague Schlößner had to admit: “It’s getting tight! I get off!”

But at 1,800 euros, Schlößner had changed his mind: “I’ll get back on board. It’s fun!” And so, in the end, Elke Velten and Thorsden Schlößner fought a neck-and-neck race for the enchanting butterfly woman from Vienna. The winner? In the end it was called Schlößner, who made the last bid with a whopping 2,100 euros.

“You fought hard for it!” Schmitz-Avila praised his colleague’s perseverance. Schlößner was over the moon about the “amazing” figure, which he “had never seen before in that robe”. “Very, very nice piece !“

A hip belt from the fashion label Chanel was presented as a further object of the program. According to Heide Rezepa-Zabel, the belt comes from the spring collection of 1993. The desired price was 500 to 600 euros. But the expert appraised the “oriental-looking belt” at 1,200 to 1,500 euros. Dealer Elke Velten paid 800 euros.

According to Albert Maier, two ornamental plates and a square vase including the cameo technique came from Villeroy

Unfortunately, the slot machine “Lord” from 1976 was no longer functional. “The RCD keeps popping out!” complained Detlev Kümmel. The seller wanted 50 euros. The expert estimated 50 to 100 euros, and dealer Esther Ollick also paid 200 euros.

A brooch made of 625 gold with pearls and rubies including a safety chain was from around 1900. The seller wanted between 100 and 200 euros. Expert Rezepa-Zabel estimated up to 300 euros. Dealer Elke Velten only paid 150 euros.

The designer lounger designed by the well-known steel furniture designer Marcel Breuer was newly developed by the Tecta company in the late 1970s. The desired price was 2,800 euros. Expert Kümmel valued it at up to 3,500 euros. In the end, dealer Julian Schmitz-Avila paid 1,700 euros.

This article was written by Natalie Cada

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