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Property from a Danish Private Collection

Vilhelm Hammershøi

Interior. The Music Room, Strandgade 30

Auction Closed

May 17, 12:56 AM GMT


3,000,000 - 5,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from a Danish Private Collection

Vilhelm Hammershøi

1864 - 1916

Interior. The Music Room, Strandgade 30

signed with initials VH (lower right)

oil on canvas

27 ½ by 23 ¼ in. 70 by 59 cm.

Executed in 1907.

Winkel & Magnussen, Copenhagen, October 1910, lot 17

Ole Olsen, Copenhagen (acquired by 1916; Olsen (1863-1943) was a Danish film producer who in 1906 founded Nordisk Films Kompagni, which quickly became one of the world’s leading film companies with branches in Berlin, London, Vienna, Paris, and New York. He was at the forefront of the golden age of Danish film in the 1910s. His films included Atlantis (1913), The End of the World (1916), and A Trip to Mars (1918). During the First World War Denmark lost most of its export markets due to unrestricted German submarine warfare in the North and Baltic Seas; and when Germany nationalized its own film industry Nordisk was forced to relinquish all its interests there. In 1922 Olsen had no choice but to resign as CEO and two years later was bought out of the company. Thereafter he dedicated himself to building an extensive collection of art and crafts and paintings.)

Lady Elvira Abrahamsen (née Lady Elvira Olsen), Copenhagen (daughter of the above, by 1941) (1896 - at least 1951)

Winkel & Magnussen, Copenhagen, 28 February 1944, lot 717 (consigned by the estate of Ole Olsen)

Private Collection, Denmark (acquired at the above sale)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Sophus Michaëlis and Alfred Bramsen, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Kunstneren og hans værk, Copenhagen and Kristiania, 1918, no. 308, p. 107
Poul Vad, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Copenhagen, 1957,  pp. 21-22; pl. 37, illustrated
Poul Vad, Hammershøi. Værk og liv, Copenhagen, 1988, p. 382, illustrated
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (authors Pauline Lehmann Banke, Gianluca Pastorelli, Annette S. Ortiz Miranda, Loa Ludvigsen, Troels Filtenborg, Anne Haack Christensen), The Vilhelm Hammershøi Digital Archive Project, ongoing, The Music Room analyzed in SMK’s laboratories and included in the archive 2022, no. EKS1175

Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen, Arbejder af Vilhelm Hammershøi, 1916, no. 75

Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, Mit bedste Kunstværk, 1941, no. 74

Oslo, Kunstforening, Vilhelm Hammershøi, 1955, no. 37

Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen, Vilhelm Hammershøi, 1955, no. 42

Copenhagen, Ordrupgaard, Hammershøi, 1981, no. 119, p. 141, illustrated

Copenhagen, Ordrupgaard, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, and New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Vilhelm Hammershøi: Danish Painter of Solitude and Light, 1997-98, no. 50, illustrated

Copenhagen, Ordrupgaard, At Home with Hammershøi, 2016, no. 73, illustrated