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1782 Vienna 1863

The Austrian porcelain and flower painter Joseph Nigg was born in Vienna in 1782. Under his teacher, Johann Baptist Drechsler (1756–1811), he joined the Viennese porcelain manufactory in 1800 and in 1816 became head of the flower painting department. Unlike those of his teacher, Nigg's compositions show the splendour of flowers in all their opulence, but without lapsing into Baroque pathos. The influence of still-life painters of the Dutch Golden Age, above all Jan van Huysum (1682–1749), is undeniable, although in Nigg's work we can see that in the depiction of the flowers the focus is primarily on botanical accuracy. The harmoniously balanced compositions always depict a variety of flowers: roses, camellias, anemones, peonies, bindweed, auricula, delphinium, hyacinths, opium poppies and apple blossoms.

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Lot 3209* - A180 19th Century Paintings - Friday 31 March 2017, 03.30 PM


(1782 Vienna 1863)
Pair of works: Still life of flowers with irises, anemones, peonies, hollyhock, jasmine and various fruits and butterflies.
Gouache on paper.
Each 70.5 x 52 cm.

CHF 25 000 / 35 000 | (€ 25 770 / 36 080)

Sold for CHF 34 100 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.

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