Few collectors in Breslau during the early 1900s had a passion for connoisseurship, collecting and the visual arts equal to Ismar Littmann, who amassed more than 6,000 works of art with visions for a public installation of the collection. Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings, recounts the family’s collecting history in an introductory essay for the catalogue.
Lot 393: Sonia Delaunay, La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France by Blaise Cendrars, color pochoir with watercolor on four joined sheets, 1913. Pictured here is a detail. Estimate $70,000 to $100,000.
Lot 559: Salvador Dalí, Don Quichotte e Sancio Panza, watercolor, pen & ink, 1964. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.
Lot 227: William A. Bouguereau, Diana, pencil & chalk. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 258: Vincent van Gogh, Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, etching, 1890. Estimate $80,000 to $120,000.
Lot 473: Edvard Munch, Harpyie, lithograph, 1899. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.
Lot 474: Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, lithograph, 1896. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Lot 163: William Blake, Illustrations from the Book of Job, complete set of 22 engravings, 1826. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.