• Twenty rooms: The private coll auction at Christies

    Sale 2857

    Twenty rooms: The private collection of the late Mrs Elias-Vaes

    27 - 29 April 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 167



    Price Realised  


    The everted rim above a frieze decorated with anthemion, two handles to the side, with an old exhibition label of the Amsterdam Municipal museum to the underside
    17.5 cm. high x 45 cm. diam.

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    Otto Lanz (1865-1935) studied in Switzerland and Germany and obtained his doctorate in 1889. In 1894 he settled as a practitioner and Dozent of surgery at the University in Bern.
    In 1902 Lanz was appointed professor of surgery in Amsterdam, remaining there until his death. He was well known for his surgery of the thyroid gland and for his studies on the vermiform appendix. In 1907 he invented the meshed graft.

    Apart from his professional achievements, Lanz was a great connoisseur and passionate collector of Italian Renaissance art. In 1906 objects from his collection were installed in a room in the Rijksmuseum. In July-October 1934 a significant part of his collection was included in the exhibition of Italian art in Dutch collections in the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam. Lanz' contribution to the exhibition was 122 paintings. After his death in March 1935, the collection, consisting of paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics, in total some 430 objects, was entrusted to the Rijksmuseum by his heirs. In 1941 his widow sold the collection to Adolf Hitler who acquired it for his proposed Führermuseum. The price was 2 million Swiss francs and 350,000 Dutch guilders. After the capitulation, the collection was returned to The Netherlands.

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    Auctionhouse Hugo Helbing, Munich, 24 November 1931, Sammlung Dr Rudolf Ergas, Florenz: Lot 5 Grosses Kupferbecken. Auf vier Loewenfuessen. Ovale, bauchige Form, oben eingezogen, mit Eierstabfries. Rollwerkhenkel. Toskana, 17. Jahrhundert, Breite 50 cm
    Ergaz collection, Florence.
    Otto Lanz collection, Amsterdam.
    Acquired from drs. J. Ph. van Dalen, Markt 75, Delft circa 1950-1970.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot does not include the iron stand erroneously described in the printed catalogue and e-catalogue.


    Rotterdam, Historisch Museum, Bezeten Bezit, Keuzetentoonstelling uit de verzameling van Mevrouw W.G. Elias-Vaes te Rotterdam, exhibition catalogue, 18 April - 1 August 1970, no. 473