The remarkable story of the Bernheimer family is intimately linked with both the history of Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries and the evolution of the art industry. The Bernheimer family is a dynasty of art dealers and collectors founded by Lehmann Bernheimer who, with his excellent eye, designed the Palais Bernheimer in 1889. It was built on such a grand scale that it revolutionised the way art was presented to clients and fulfilled the clients' dreams of the grandest of lifestyles. His clients included King Ludwig II and then Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria who awarded him the Royal Warrant.
Lehmann’s son Otto continued his father’s remarkable work and amazingly rebuilt the business after II World War, re-establishing Bernheimer as the leading antique dealers in Germany. In the 1980’s, his grandson Konrad took over the management of the business, gradually focusing it on Old Masters Paintings and soon becoming a leader and household name in the international art market.
The collection on offer includes the contents of the family seat Burg Marquartstein, a Bavarian castle nestled in a valley between Munich and Salzburg with breathtaking Alpine views. The castle was furnished and decorated by Konrad O. Bernheimer from the existing family collection and later personal acquisitions as well as pieces from the grand Palais Bernheimer.
The Bernheimer Collection will be offered in London on 24 and 25 November 2015. Charting two centuries, the sales will encompass Old Master paintings, 19th-century paintings, ancient sculpture and works of art, furniture, decorative arts, rugs, carpets and wine and reveals the depth and quality of their possessions and is an amazing opportunity to share in that history.