Interior View of the Colonna Palace, Rome
Estimate USD10,000-15,000. Sold for USD9,000.
Watercolour and graphite on paper.
26 1/2"x39 3/4"
Franz (Francis H.) Heinrich was a painter of genre scenes, architecture, and interiors, born in Nachod, Bohemia, in 1802. He studied at the Academy of Vienna from 1819 to 1830. Heinrich traveled to Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and the United States, before establishing himself in Vienna. He was a gifted watercolorist and is best known for his elaborate interiors of palaces and churches and for his street views of European cities. The Museum of Vienna holds several of his watercolors, including his portrait and views of Rome and Venice.
Palazzo Interior, 1850s. Watercolour. USD2,090.
Gustav Wegzner (German 20th Century)
Interior of a Palatial Drawing Room, oil on canvas. Estimated USD750-1,000, sold for USD2,300.
Walter Gay (American, 1856-1937)
La Porte Ouverte, Chateau du Breau. Watercolour and graphite on paper. Estimated USD4000,-6000, sold for USD8,000.
Walter J. Sherwood (American, b. 1865)
The Workroom of the Henri Dore Studio, Cheapside Building, Providence, Rhode Island, c. 1927. Oil on canvas. Estimated at USD400-600, sold for USD3,750.
These exquisite pictures of interiors have been on sale recently, and caught my attention. I was particularly enthused by the first Franz Heinrich, and whilst I thought in future I would need a room this size to accommodate any more pictures, the magnificence and grandeur of the building were enthralling. In doing my research about Heinrich I discovered the lower picture for sale as well, and at considerably less than the starting price of USD5,000. As much as I liked it I couldn't bring myself to bid at this level, and I would have been reluctant to part with the achieved USD9,000. As a watercolour, and three of the five depicted are, I had additional hesitation, but quite unjustified.