Max Ernst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Collector’s Digest


    •    This unique collection of Max Ernst works comes directly from the personal collection of renowned filmmaker Peter Schamoni. The two worked closely together on several collaborative projects, including the short 1966 film Maximiliana oder die widerrechtliche Ausübung der Astromomie. Representing the depth of their personal and professional relationship, the collection also includes works that were made especially for these film projects and were gifted directly to Schamoni by Ernst.


    •    The collection reflects key moments in the artist’s career and personal life, encompassing a range of works in a variety of mediums from the 1920s through to the 1960s. It also highlights Ernst’s consistent interest in scientific modes of inquiry and discovery, with works borrowing ideas from the disciplines of mathematics and astronomy.


    •    Exhibited extensively and previously on long-term loan to the Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, the works were also included in the internationally renowned 2013 exhibition Entdeckungsfahrten zu Max Ernst Die Sammlung Peter Schamoni.


    •    A highly significant artist of the 20th century avant-garde, Max Ernst’s works are frequently included in definitive accounts of Dada and Surrealism, and his works are held in the most important institutional collections worldwide.

    • Provenance

      Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
      Galerie Tarica, Paris
      Galerie Thomas, Munich
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      i) Paris, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Histoire Naturelle de Max Ernst, 24 April - 15 May 1926
      i) Brussels, Vierge Poupine, Max Ernst, Histoire Naturelle, 16 - 29 October 1926, no. 23
      i-ii) Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Entdeckungsfahrten zu Max Ernst / Die Sammlung Peter Schamoni, 24 February - 23 June 2013, p. 175 (illustrated, pp. 70-71)

    • Literature

      i) Max Ernst, Max Ernst: Beyond Painting and other Writings by the Artist and his Friends, New York, 1948 (collotype illustrated, p. 148)
      i) Max Ernst, Gemälde und Graphik 1920-1950, exh. cat., Schloß Augustusburg, Brühl, 1951, no. 23, p. 47 (collotype illustrated, p. 45)
      i) Max Ernst, Histoire Naturelle, exh. cat., Galerie Der Spiegel, Cologne, 1964, no. 23, p. 23 (collotype illustrated)
      i) Werner Spies, Sigrid Metken and Günter Metken, eds., Max Ernst Œuvre-Katalog. Werke 1925-1929, Cologne, 1976, no. 812, p. 12 (collotype illustrated)
      i) Werner Spies, Max Ernst Frottages, London, 1986, pl. 23 (collotype illustrated, p. 50)

Maximiliana: Max Ernst from the Collection of Peter Schamoni


Two works: (i) Le pain vacciné (template for 'Histoire Naturelle', sheet XXIII); (ii) Le pain vacciné

i) frottage and graphite on paper
ii) collotype on paper

i) image 34.1 x 26.1 cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
sheet 50 x 32.5 cm (19 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.)
ii) image 42.7 x 25.9 cm (16 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
sheet 49.7 x 32.2 cm (19 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

i) Executed in 1925.
ii) Executed in 1925.

Full Cataloguing

£25,000 - 35,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £12,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 October 2021